How much is an Oscar Schmidt autoharp worth?

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What are Autoharps worth?

Playable, good-condition 15-chord autoharps can still bring in some revenue – I have seen some change hands locally in the $125 range, although $75 is closer to the average. Playable, good-condition 21-chord autoharps bring in more, and upgraded, new-condition 21-chord autoharps can do even better.

Where are Oscar Schmidt Autoharps made?

Q: I bought an Oscar Schmidt autoharp, and I notice it was made in China.

What should I look for in an autoharp?

The most apparent difference to consider when buying an autoharp lies in the number of chords they carry. While some come in 15 chords, others come in with 21 chords. It is advisable to buy an autoharp that as 21 chords, especially if you are an advanced player.

How old is the autoharp?

Beginning around 1910, the Phonoharp Company of East Boston began manufacturing the autoharp. The company originally produced an instrument patented in 1891 called the Phonoharp, became established later in the 1890s as the producer of the Columbia chord-zither, and in the 1920s produced the Bosstone ukelin.

Are old autoharps worth anything?

Presently, there is relatively low value on most old stringed instruments such as zithers and autoharps. Folks who collect them are looking for rarity and condition when purchasing.

Is it hard to play an autoharp?

Essentially, the player presses the chord button, strums the strings and gets the intended chord. The relative simplicity of it is what makes it such an easy instrument to learn to play.

Is Oscar Schmidt a good autoharp?

Oscar Schmidt OS15B Autoharp This 15 chords autoharp is a nice quality instrument. It has a maple body and a sunburst finish. It also comes with a rock maple pin block, to help keep your strings in tune. This instrument is a classic, acoustic autoharp with beautiful sound quality.

What key is an autoharp?

A “store-bought” 12-button autoharp (an early model not made today) typically includes buttons for Bb, F, C, C7, G, G7, Gm, D7, Dm, A7, Am, and E7 (chords are listed in circle-of-fiths order). So you see that, as equipped, a 12-button autoharp can play typical songs in F, C, and G.

How long do autoharp strings last?

about 3 years
After 24 hours the autoharp can be tuned up to pitch again and if you performed all the steps correctly and your autoharp is in good working order, you should be good to go for about 3 years or so.

Why is it called autoharp?

There is debate over the origin of the autoharp. A German immigrant in Philadelphia by the name of Charles F. Zimmermann was awarded US patent 257808 in 1882 for a design for a musical instrument that included mechanisms for muting certain strings during play. He named his invention the “autoharp”.