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    Sep 28, 2011, 7:32 AM - Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #1

    This is a WIP (and finished) thread, dedicated to what is considered by many (myself included) the Holy Grail of Star Trek Props – The Vulcan Lyre aka Harp.

    As far as I am aware, there are 3 sources to get one of these – an inaccurate, way undersized and low quality one from eBay, give $2000 to Roddenberry … or make one yourself.

    Option 1 failed, option 2 is no way Jose, so a few days ago I decided that option 3 is the obvious winner .

    I wanted to go for a Harp as faithful as possible to the original prop in TOS (with one or two personal bits of my own), and I wanted to make it with items I had at hand. The only thing I spent on this was 1.20 Euro on 4 drawer knobs.

    My main intentions were to make the harp with the raised design on the left side, like this





    … and to have the strings loop over in pairs like in the original, as so.





    I counted the number of strings from various screen caps, and there are 30. So 15 pairs.

    I wanted it to play the part and hang it on a wall, not strum a concert in the mess hall .

    So long as it screamed “Vulcan Harp !!” at me, I’d be happy.

    By the time I would be done, I hoped to end up with something like this.

    Ah, and it had to be full size.






    Sooooooooo, we’re off. Enter boxes of Sangria in the living room.



    No, not to get me started. I just don’t have that many clamps . Underneath are 3 left-over boards from some shelving I did a few years back.

    Glued them together for thickness.




    Here they are ready.





    Drew the outline based on a plan I found in a thread here somewhere, by Franz Joseph IIRC.





    Cut it out








    And the rest of the materials. A thinner board from the garage, a left-over piece of aluminium door frame, nails, knobs, glue, fishing line, an old drawer knob for the 'tuning knob' on the top side, and a piece of left over balsa wood I used to make the Voodoo Doll head.





    Drew the outlines





    Glued 2 thin pieces of wood for thickness for the string rest





    Cut out the pieces





    More Sangria to weigh down the side panel.





    The original large ‘tuning knob’ was the lid of a wooden bowl. Since I don’t have one, I carved one out. Nothing that a hobby knife and some sandpaper won’t provide.





    Ready







    Drilled out the holes in the aluminium plate for the smaller ‘tuning knobs’





    Added a slip of wood with slices in it on top of the string holder, and painted it silver.





    Starting to take shape. Drilled holes for the continuation of the knobs, and painted the sides.





    Painted the front panel, and the rest of the thingy-bobs.





    Placed the nails in the previously drilled sliver of wood





    Calculated the angle of the string holder with a cut out done from a screen grab, pencilled in on my computer screen.





    This was the biggest pain in the neck ! Stringing 30 strands in loops of 2 without them ‘boinging’ out of place





    And that was that. Here’s the end result














    It screams "Vulcan Harp !!" at me, so its good enough for me







    And since the youngest just got back from School, here’s him holding the harp to show the size. So you get an idea, Michael is as tall as I am .... although I am twice as wide

    It is 37.25” (95 cms) high.


    Last edited by Alan Castillo; Sep 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Sep 28, 2011, 8:12 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #2

    WOW what an amazing job! I bet that's pretty much hoe the original gt made. The Vulcan harp always reminded me of those string-art designs of the 60s and 70s.
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    Sep 28, 2011, 9:56 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #3

    Thanks, ... and I'm pretty sure that's round about how too, with the low budget they had
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    Sep 28, 2011, 10:29 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #4

    Thatīs damn sweet.

    I couldnīt carve wood to save my live, so more i appreciate your build.
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    Sep 28, 2011, 10:59 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #5

    Ok.....I'm going to do this now.

    Looks awesome!
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    Sep 28, 2011, 11:10 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #6

    Way to go!!!

    You did an awesome job on that!!

    Sangria for all!!!!!
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    Sep 28, 2011, 11:51 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #7

    apollo said: View Post
    Way to go!!!

    You did an awesome job on that!!

    Sangria for all!!!!!
    I'll have a glass, and very nice build.
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    Sep 28, 2011, 12:16 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #8

    Spectacular!!
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    Sep 28, 2011, 1:00 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #9

    Considering the inspiration for the project, you certainly turned lemmons into lemmonade! Outstanding work on the larpa, Alan!
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    Sep 28, 2011, 1:11 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #10

    Wow, thanks guys

    And here it is now hung up






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    Sep 28, 2011, 3:46 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #11

    Alan, if you ever decide to do a second one, I better be the first in line!
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    Sep 28, 2011, 4:52 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #12

    That is beautiful and a lovely blending of the two versions (I hadn't realised there was a difference).
    I'd love one, too, but the musician in me wouldn't settle for one that doesn't play. I've seen two very worthy makers of (electrical) playable lyres but sadly they'd run WAY out of my budget:
    Vulcan Lyre-February 2010.mov - YouTube This for the alien-ness of the sound.
    Vulcan Harp & Theremin - YouTube Vulcan Harp & Theremin - YouTube This guy for the more musical quality
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    Sep 28, 2011, 11:45 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #13

    A bit of info that I forgot to mention. The Harp weighs in at 3 Kgs / 6.5 Lbs.
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    Sep 28, 2011, 11:54 PM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #14

    Alan,
    That is brilliant! Now you need to find some Space Hippies to play it for!
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    Sep 29, 2011, 12:37 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #15

    This is gorgeous Alan! I can even forgive you that it is from the most painful episode of Trek ever filmed!! I kid, who doesn't love the hippies?
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    Sep 29, 2011, 8:26 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #16

    Thanks !!

    It was in fact used in several episodes spanning various Series. (Taken from the Trek Wiki)

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    The Vulcan lute (sometimes referred to as Vulcan harp, Vulcan lyre, or Vulcan Lyrette) was a twelve-stringed instrument, played on the planet Vulcan, that was tuned on a diatonic scale and noted to be very soothing. (VOY: "Innocence")
    Spock was proficient at playing the Vulcan lute and was known to play it often during his off-duty hours. (TOS: "Charlie X", "The Conscience of the King", "Amok Time", "The Way to Eden"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

    Tuvok was also a proficient Vulcan lute player. He would often play his lute while reciting Falor's Journey to his youngest son. (VOY: "Persistence of Vision", "Innocence", "Riddles")

    Melian, an Aldean musician also owned a Vulcan lute. (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks").

    One of Intendant Kira Nerys' Vulcan eunuchs played a Vulcan harp for her while a second eunuch gave her a massage. (DS9: "Through the Looking Glass")

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    Jan 21, 2012, 9:02 AM - Re: Star Trek TOS - Spock's Vulcan Harp / Lyre - Build, and finished. #17

    Beautiful harp! One of the nicest I've seen in some long time!

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