What is an Autoharp?

The Autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers, which, when depressed, mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord.

This is a photo of 15 chord Autoharp made by the Oscar Schmidt Company.

Oscar Schmidt OS15B Autoharp

The word “Autoharp” is owned by Oscar Schmidt. There are a number of custom Autoharp builders and most refer to their instruments as Chorded Zithers. Despite that, we all usually refer to these instruments as Autoharps no matter who manufactured it.