I'm looking to find an estimated value on this harp. There are three strings that need to be replaced on it, and there are a few scratches, the biggest of those scratches can be seen under the strings. It is not rare and is not particularly valued by serious players.I was referred to you by another shop I tried to contact who didn't know enough about them. But other than that its in good condition and i'll be selling with case and few books. I expect they are bought by those remembering them from school but not knowing much about autoharps.You have no obligation to purchase the product once you know the price. The Oscar Schmidt Company (also selling under the names "Oscar Schmidt Lap-Harp and Zither Company," "Oscar Schmidt Musical House," and "Oscar Schmidt International") designed and manufactured numerous models of parlour instruments including lap harps, autoharps, germania harps, chord zithers, regent zithers, and ukelins. Founded by Oscar and Otto Schmidt in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1871, the company applied for dozens of patents in musical instruments and related equipment.Each year, the company would offer new "special editions" of its products linked to newsworthy events likely to appeal to the sympathy of customers the door to door salesforce would encounter.These special editions would include a small dedication commemorating the event and sheet music also written to commemorate the event. The action of the Concert Grand differs from that of the Parlor Grand.
The company often employed current events as a marketing strategy.Oscar Schmidt designed small, portable, durable instruments intended to be easy to learn, and useful for family entertainment in the decades between the Civil War and the emergence of radio and later television. They manufacture Autoharps (the name Autoharp is owned by Oscar Schmidt), ukuleles, guitars, basses, banjos and mandolins.-----Original Message-----Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 PMSubject: old oscar schmidt autoharp Q: I've got an old oscar schmidt autoharp, given to be around 1965 (it was bought new and i'm assuming it was made somewhere around that time as well) Its is 36 string, 12 chords. That table or lap style autoharp is obsolete, so you will see more modern designs bringing double or more what this one will.The best example is how the chords for the key of G become awkward to finger.There is a lot of interest in rearranging chord bars, when the instruments are held upright to play them.You also have bars that are arranged and marked as if viewed with the instrument laid in front of you, bass strings crosswise toward the body.Notice on any of the later 12 and 15 chord models, more commonly played while held upright, the chord layout was never changed to facilitate playing that way.One important design change was the tailward relocation of the chord bars. This trend began around 1960 and has continued to the present. At least two other 3-bar autoharps were introduced later, both by the Dolgeville company. 1 and 71) was continued by the Phonoharp Company and appears to have survived until around 1920. The company's salesmen kept detailed records of the buying habits of customers, and the selection of special editions was made annually with the intent to sell additional instruments to existing customers.The company's instruments were intended to be relatively easy to play for amateurs.