Harp Hire

One of the Society’s key activities is hiring good quality harps to members at affordable prices.  Society members can arrange harp hire through the National Office in Edinburgh, or through local Branches (subject to availability).

If you’re not already a member of The Clarsach Society, you will need to join before you’re able to hire a harp from us.

Harp Hire Safety and Covid-19

The Clarsach Society is committed to the safety of all its members and staff.  We take very seriously the risks associated with contact transmission of Covid-19, and the implications this has for our harp hire scheme.

Research has shown that the coronavirus can survive on wood for up to 5 days.

Although anti-viral wipes can be a useful ‘quick fix’, they cannot possibly get into every corner of the instrument, and thus eliminate the risk of potential cross-contamination.

In order to make the harp hire process as safe and straightforward as possible at this challenging time, The Clarsach Society has formulated the following guidelines.

Please note: We ask all harp hire customers returning or collecting a harp to prioritise the well-being of our staff by wearing face coverings and, where appropriate, latex gloves – as our staff will be doing.  Please also allow enough time to find somewhere to park safely as near to the hall as possible, as we will not be able to assist with transportation.

Harp Return:

  • Staff will meet the customer at a pre-appointed time either in the open hall outside the Clarsach Society office or outside the building itself. (address below).
  • Staff will wear a face covering and latex gloves, and we request that customers please do likewise.
  • All returned hire harps will be put it into quarantine for 1 week before they are checked over.
  • If everything is in order, we will email you a receipt and confirmation of the termination of your contract; or if anything requires further attention, we will inform you of this.

Harp Collection:

  • All returned hire harps will be put it into quarantine for at least 1 week before they are hired out again.
  • After the quarantine period, the harp will be fully checked over, and the prospective hirer notified of any necessary repairs which could further delay the new hire.
  • When the harp is ready for collection, staff will meet the hirer at a pre-appointed time in the open hall outside the Clarsach Society office or outside the building itself. (address below).
  • Staff will wear latex gloves and a face covering, and we request that customers please do likewise.

The Clarsach Society
Studio G43
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh
EH6 8RG

Harp Hire Fees 2020

  • Clarsach Society membership: Family £25, Adult £20, Concessionary £10
  • Non-returnable registration fee of £10
  • Administration fee of £30 on commencement of hire
  • Monthly Clarsach Society harp rental fee: standard harp £25 / EIHF harp* £22.50

Once you have signed up as a member and paid the registration fee, you will be put on our waiting list: we will then be in touch with you as soon as a harp becomes available.

We will send you a contract via email to sign and return to us.  You will also need to put in place insurance (with e.g. Jack Hayward Insurance) for the harp for the duration of your hire.

Once the paperwork is complete, we will arrange a mutually-convenient date and time for you to come and collect the harp from the National Office in Edinburgh.  The administration fee of £30 is due on collection.

If you live too far to collect the harp in person, a courier can be arranged to deliver the instrument in our custom flight case.

Read our Harp Hire Terms and Conditions here.

*An EIHF hire harp is allocated to members living in Edinburgh.  The harp gets recalled once a year for the duration of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, but to reflect this the price is less than usual (£22.50 per month, as opposed to £25.00).  After the Festival, you collect the harp again and the hire continues.

Commercial or Short-Term Hires

If you have an enquiry about commercial or short-term hire, please phone the office on 0131 554 0212 or email us and we will do our best to help.