Julie plays a Venus Diplomat for weddings and concert performances. Her harp is an acoustic instrument but is also fitted with a transducer pick-up to amplify as necessary. This creates the best of both worlds, providing music ranging from an intimate setting to a crowded ballroom.
The Diplomat is a concert grand pedal harp with 47 strings, ranging nearly seven octaves. It has a dark red mahogany finish and fluted column, built in 1981 by the W&W Musical Instrument Company in Chicago. Its spruce and maple hardwoods were cut from forests on Mount St. Helens in Washington...before the 1980 volcanic eruption! This harp was rebuilt in 2014 by W&W, utilizing hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest to replace the soundboard, base and neck. It features a Lyon & Healy 17 decal and has golden highlights in the column's fluting, as well as on the base and neck, making this harp truly one-of-a-kind.