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Dario Pontiggia

After degree in Industrial Design at Politecnico of Milan, he specialized in guitars and ancient harps rebuilding. From 2006 he’s been studying and rebuilding the Barberini harp and also Medieval, Renaissance and Welsh triple harp. His harps are used by professionals in Europe, USA and Japan.

Now he works on the Louis XVI pedalharp after Beat Wolf.

» www.dariopontiggia.com
Peter Demmerle

I have given up my studies of natural sciences to favour instrument making. I opened my own studio in Schaffhausen in 1998. There I built successfully harps after my own design, hurdy-gurdies and steel-stringed guitars. In the last few years I restored and revised original harps more often.

I am happy to follow the footsteps of Beat Wolf.

» www.tuggi.ch
Christoph Mani

After an apprenticeship on machine-mechanics and several courses in wood-processing I finished the "Welsh School of Musical Instrument Making and Repair" as a qualified harp maker. Since 25 years: Building and repair of lever harps and concert grands in my own studio.

New: Restoring of original harps.

» www.mani-harfenbau.ch

Over 40 years I served my appreciated customers with the construction and the restoration of historic instruments. With my retirement I will retreat from harp making and restoring giving my knowledge in younger hands:

The Italian harp maker Dario Pontiggia from Milan will make the replica of the Louis XVI-pedalharp after my model. With the end of 2016 D. Pontiggia has already finished his first Louis XVI-harp - with highest quality as all of his works.

Replicas of my gothic harp and my small harp with levers will be made by Peter Demmerle in Schaffhausen, who has already experience from his own models.

The restoring of early pedal harps will be taken over by two Swiss harp makers: Peter Demmerle in Schaffhausen and Christoph Mani in Guggisberg, Bern. I will stay them aside as a mentor.

I would like to thank most sincerely to all my previous customers for their confidence.


What is BEAT WOLF doing now ?
For more than 40 years I have been involved in applied arts. Now I like to leave the application aside and turn increasingly into the fine arts.

On one hand, I am pleased to have time again for photography, for which I had a passion before. Thus it is fitting that I walk or cycle 2 to 3 times a week.

On the other hand, I can now bring forth many deferred ideas, which I will realize as sculptural works.
SALES of my harp making DVD

I will give away the last samples of my documentary DVD about making the Louis XVI-harp for a cheap price of CHF/EUR 10.- incl. p&p.

> Info and order here.