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Handheld Playable Harp (Guitar Clone)

by Esmeralda Posted 26th May 2016 at 8:22 PM - Updated 27th May 2016 at 5:12 PM by Esmeralda : Replaced thumbnail with one where the strings don't look so crunchy at thumbnail size
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Here's a playable handheld harp, to go with my recent collection of historical musical instruments. It is cloned from a guitar, so it uses the guitar animations and music. (I wish it was possible to add custom harp music, but instead, the simmies are going to have to rock out with the default stuff that comes with the game.)

It's found in the Activities section in Buy Mode, where the guitars are found, and costs 800 simoleons. It comes in three textures as below: A light wood with painted medieval flowers, a curly-grained wood with Celtic design inlays, and a dark rough-hewn redwood.



In-game, they hold and play it like a guitar. I've done the best I can to shape and position it to line up with the guitar-playing animations:



However, with all best efforts, please be warned that there will be clipping problems with sims who are not skilled guitarists. As you may know, novice guitarist sims will often bend down to stare at the strings or turn their ear to them, and in those cases, the sim's head and sometimes a bit of shoulder will clip through the harp as below:



But once the sim acquires the guitar skill, the clippage will lessen and they will look more natural. Looks cute when combined in ensemble with other historical instruments as below:



For a look at the harp being played by a skilled guitarist, you can check this YouTube video to help you decide - there's pretty much no clipping there (I chose Hire Guitarist and the game sent my JC Denton sim in a dinner jacket - I had no idea JC was such a talented guitarist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVPtgbpb_-w

It has geostates like a guitar, so it sits on a stand when not in use, and the stand disappears when the harp is picked up.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this a useful addition to your historical musical instruments.


INSTALLATION:
Unzip the zip file and move the .package file to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

Polygon Counts:
Harp 1499 polys, stand 100 polys.

Additional Credits:
Meshed by me in Milkshape, packaged with TSRW.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
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  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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#2 Old 26th May 2016 at 11:35 PM
More wonderful instrumentation! Thank you, Esmeralda :)
Field Researcher
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#3 Old 27th May 2016 at 5:49 AM
Is that awesome or what? What a beautiful work, ermahgerd one thank you!
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 27th May 2016 at 9:51 AM
Thanks a million for your lovely instruments. It's so nice to see beautiful things in the game and you really have an eye for that. Not to mention time and effort in making them function so thanks again
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 27th May 2016 at 5:16 PM
Thanks for such nice comments, folks, really makes my day Hope you'll find this item fun.
Test Subject
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#6 Old 27th May 2016 at 5:18 PM
Beautiful
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#7 Old 27th May 2016 at 8:47 PM
OMG you already know I was gonna go crazy over this! I have never been to/played anything Renaissance related and I'm freaking out because these are so gorgeous, plus now I get to have a harp in my game! I'm proof you don't have to play Renaissance sims to have an orchestra of lovely Renaissance instruments in your home. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 29th May 2016 at 10:40 AM
Hey Esmeralda, since you're on an old musical instrument making spree, I have a request for you: A Pipe Organ Piano, the Organ had a prominent role in medieval and rennaisance music, and is still used to this day. Besides, what a church, or haunted gothic Mansion would be without Pipe Organ? Plus, no one made one yet for Sims 4, so, yeah...
Mad Poster
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#9 Old 29th May 2016 at 4:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eggyslav
Hey Esmeralda, since you're on an old musical instrument making spree, I have a request for you: A Pipe Organ Piano, the Organ had a prominent role in medieval and rennaisance music, and is still used to this day. Besides, what a church, or haunted gothic Mansion would be without Pipe Organ? Plus, no one made one yet for Sims 4, so, yeah...

Aww, sorry, I don't take requests (very little spare time) and a pipe organ is not in my plans, but my current WIP is another piano (Baroque-style this time). And that's probably going to be the end of my antique musical instrument binge! (For now, at least.)
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 29th May 2016 at 5:19 PM
Ok, very well then a baroque Harpsichord will be also nice.
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#11 Old 30th May 2016 at 12:26 PM
Excellent! Thank you for adding stuff for fantasy lovers!
Test Subject
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#12 Old 31st May 2016 at 1:55 AM
It's so perfect!! Better than I ever expected Thanks for creating and sharing!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 31st May 2016 at 12:19 PM
Esmeralda, I have a problem, I've downloaded all your medieval instruments, and put them into Mods folder, but they don't appear in my game, help?
Mad Poster
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#14 Old 31st May 2016 at 1:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Eggyslav
Esmeralda, I have a problem, I've downloaded all your medieval instruments, and put them into Mods folder, but they don't appear in my game, help?

As fas as I know, the most common reason this happens is not keeping your game patched up to date. For reasons known only to EA, objects and sims made with a patched-to-date TS4 game (as mine always is) don't appear in a not-patched-to-date game. (For sims, apparently you get an error message in the Gallery telling you the sim was made with a later version of the game and that you won't be able to use the sim until you update. Not sure what happens with objects - from what I've heard I think they just don't show up, no error message.) The only other reason I've heard of is that having some item(s) in a subfolder within the Mods folder instead of in the main Mods folder can make them not show up.
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#15 Old 18th Jun 2016 at 1:20 PM
Thanks!!! Love it
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#16 Old 26th Jun 2016 at 7:53 AM
Thank you, this is perfect for my medieval families!
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#17 Old 16th Nov 2016 at 1:41 PM
these are very beautiful... thank you
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#18 Old 5th Jun 2017 at 6:50 PM
I hope it still works cuz I'm about to try it
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#19 Old 19th Jun 2017 at 9:49 PM
I so have wanted harps in game for forever! It's a beautiful and decorative way to play !
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#20 Old 13th Feb 2018 at 12:21 PM
Thank you!!! <3
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#21 Old 19th Jun 2021 at 6:00 PM
thanks