Lyres are very different from harps, with a tradition and heritage of their own. Lyres are shown on some Early medieval Irish and Scottish stone crosses from over 1000 years ago, and the oldest musical instrument from Western Europe is the 2500 year old lyre bridge from the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
Professional quality lyres can be made by Michael King and set up by myself with metal strings as above. I can also supply strings or complete stringsets for you to install on your own lyre. Please enquire for availability and pricing.