10 Best Autoharps You Can Buy

Autoharp is fun to play with other people.

The First autoharps were made in the early 1800s, though Mathias Fahrni created the first patented Autoharp in 1881. Autoharps are versatile because you can change how hard or soft to play them by plucking different strings.

Autoharps are fun because you can change the tune by just pressing different buttons on the side or through foot pedals which gives it a variety of sounds.

Also, by changing the strings, you can sound like an acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, organ, not to mention other instruments.

Best Autoharps I Recommend

There are different best types of autoharps you can buy such as:

Oscar Schmidt OS15B Autoharp

This Autoharp has similar buttons on both sides, one of which is tuned to A, while the other is tuned to F. Though you can play chords with this instrument, it lacks in range because there are no strings down the body. You would need levers or pedals to play all of the notes.

This Autoharp has 15 strings, which are an octave apart on the neck of the instrument. Other than that, it is very much like the National harp described above. You would need levers or pedals to play all of the notes.

Lyre Harp,16 Metal String Harp Solid Wood Mahogany Lyre Harp

This Lyre Harp is a traditional Autoharp, which means that it has levers or pedals to play the notes on the instrument’s body. The lyre harp has 16 strings an octave apart on one side and two octaves apart on the other side. They’re tuned to A, D, G.

Oscar Schmidt OS21CQTBL Autoharp

This Autoharp has a very similar layout to that of the Oscar Schmidt 21B. On this instrument, however, it is tuned to C, D, and G only. This makes it perfect for playing melodies without worrying about harmony being out-of-tune. It also features chromatic strings on the left side so you can play scales.

Donner DLH-001 Lyre Harp Mahogany, 7 Metal String Bone saddle Ancient Greece Style Lyre Harp

This Lyre Harp is a traditional Autoharp, which means that it has levers or pedals to play the notes on the instrument’s body. This lyre harp has seven strings octaves apart on one side and two octaves apart on the other side. They’re tuned to C, D, G.

ROYAL HARPS 36 INCH 22 String Lever Harp Celtic Irish Style Solid Wood Free Carrying Bag Strings and Tuner

This lever harp has 22 strings that are octave apart. You would need levers or pedals to play all of the notes, but it is essential to know that this instrument is less mobile because you can’t pick it up and walk around with it like a traditional autoharp. This psaltery makes a great addition to your collection if you like playing folk music.

Oscar Schmidt OS21CQTR Autoharp

This Autoharp has a layout very similar to that of the 21B, except it is tuned to C, D, and A only on this model. This makes it perfect for playing melodies without worrying about harmony being out-of-tune. It also features chromatic strings on the left side so you can play scales.

Oscar Schmidt AC449 Autoharp

This Autoharp has a layout very similar to that of the 21B, except it is tuned to E, F#, and B only on this model. This makes it perfect for playing melodies without worrying about harmony being out-of-tune. It also features chromatic strings on the left side so you can play scales.

Oscar Schmidt OS150FCE Acoustic Electric Auto Harp

This Autoharp is exceptionally different from the other models on this list because it has electric pickups. You can plug into an amp or preamp to amplify the sound of your instrument. However, that also means that you’re out of luck if you don’t have access to any power outlets. If you are interested in buying an electric autoharp, this is a great option!

Oscar Schmidt OS11021AE Autoharp – Satin Brown

This Autoharp is excellent. The critical action is light and responsive – it makes everything easy. The instrument has 20 strings, which are all 3½ inches apart, so it’s imposing to strum along with! It has a great sound, very subtle sustain. I’ve had no problems with this model at all, apart from the fact that I think the bass notes might be a little flat, but you can adjust those yourself.

SEAAN 24 String Lyre Harp Mahogany Solid Wood

It has nice strings, and they’re effortless to tune. The action is very responsive, and it’s got a great look. It comes with lots of extras, like a capo and an extra set of strings. I use this for my singing as well. The sustain is excellent, although it’s got a little bit of feedback when using the microphone.

Ladyacces Lyre Harp, 16 Metal

It has an excellent sound; the sustain is excellent. It’s got 16 metal strings with bone saddles, which are responsive and play smoothly. I’ve had no problems with this Autoharp at all! The action is light and easy while giving you that full strumming sound. Overall it’s just a lovely instrument.

Ladyacces Lyre Harp, 16 Metal Strings Rosewood Lyre Harp Guitar

This Autoharp has a great sound, and it’s got an incredible look as well – the shape is unique! It has bone saddles, which are easy to use. I’ve had no problems with this instrument at all, apart from the fact that it weighs a ton! This model has got 16 strings, and they’re effortless to tune. The action is good – even though it’s pretty heavy, you can still play it well because of how responsive it is!

AKLOT Lyre Harp, 7 Metal String

This instrument is excellent. It’s easy to tune, and it has a great sound, very subtle sustain. I’ve had no problems with the action on this model at all! You can do a lot with it as it has seven strings – play melodies and chords at once or even sing along! The AKLOT Lyre Harp is very easy to use and comfortable to play with.

Roosebeck Lily Harp, 8 Strings

This Autoharp is well made – it has a lovely finish, and it’s elementary to tune! I’ve found the action on this model to be great – even though there are eight strings, you can still play chords well. It doesn’t have much sustain, but the tone is neat and clean. It’s got a great look as well!

Lyre Harp, 19 Metal Strings

It’s not as responsive as other models, but this Autoharp has an excellent sound, and it’s got a lovely look. It’s pretty heavy, though – you need two hands to play it! This Autoharp has 19 metal strings, and they’ve got maple saddles, so the tone is quite mellow. I would recommend this model to anyone looking for a challenge!

KingPoint Harp

King point harp has a pleasant tone, and the strings are really easy to tune. It’s so smooth – it feels great to play! The action is light, but you need a few minutes to get used to the shape of the Autoharp. I would recommend this model to anyone who wanted a challenge or wanted something different for a present!

All types of autoharps have features that make them beautiful to play and hear. It all depends on which instrument fits your playing style. All of the listed instruments are available for purchase, through finding used ones can be more difficult. If you are looking for an autoharp that can be used in performances or have a broader range, then an instrument made for that purpose should be purchased. If you want to play around with different sounds, look into purchasing a smaller model that will not cost as much. The price of each Autoharp varies depending on what materials are being used and how many notes there are.