GRAND JUNCTION — Harps have a reputation that has a whole lot to do with chubby cupids and highbrow-hotel lobbies. Harp music is the Pearly Gates’ soundtrack.
But inside a metal building tucked between a supply business and a laboratory in an industrial section of Grand Junction, it is quickly obvious that harps are also associated with a whole heap of down-to-earth work.
At Blevins Harps Inc., Jamin Wright laboriously builds harps, wood layer upon wood layer, string by string, and lever after lever.
Each harp takes four to five months from start to finish — from rough wood plank to playable instrument. The last two to three weeks of that is devoted to just plucking the same string over and over again several times a day to check the sound. Jamin said he usually has about 15 harps…
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