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from Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840), page 20: The parts of the harp.

Irish corr spoken by Gráinne Yeats
Scottish Gaelic còrr spoken by Tony Dilworth

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Denis O'Hampsey

Neck (cor) of Denis O'Hampsey's harp
adapted from Edward Bunting, Ancient Music of Ireland (1809)

components of a Gaelic harp

Components of a Gaelic harp disassembled; the corr is the upper left part.

Cor - The pin board

The usual spelling is corr, a noun with a wide range of applications but essentially denoting 'a projecting part, end, corner' of anything. In relation to the harp O'Curry (Manners and Customs III, p.256) translates Corr as 'the cross tree, or harmonic curve'. See the verse quoted in com above; and see An foirshnadhm.

Colm Ó Baoill 2002

The corr of an early Irish harp was carved from a native hardwood. A brass strap is nailed to each side, and the tapered brass tuning pins pass through the straps and through the wood. The corr has a tenon at the treble end which fits into the top of the com (soundbox). On a low-headed harp the corr has a mortice on the bass end to recieve the tenon on the lamhcrann; on a high-headed harp, the corr has a tenon which fits into a mortice on the back of the lamhcrann.

Simon Chadwick 2008