For harp therapy situations, Cheryl plays a 23-string lap harp called the Therapy Harp made by Westover Harp. Ansel Erickson-Zinter, owner and harp maker extraordinaire of Westover Harp, meticulously handcrafted this harp made from select cherry wood, with a Baltic birch soundboard. Its 23 nylon strings range from C below middle C up to the third D above middle C, with Truitt levers for each string. This harp weighs only 7 pounds and has a strap, making it very portable to play while standing, walking, and dancing. Like all Westover harps, Cheryl's Therapy Harp produces an exceptionally clear, resonant tone.
Cheryl also plays her Westover Therapy Harp in non-therapeutic situations. Its portability and beautiful acoustic sound make this harp ideal for many kinds of special occasions.
For special events and performances, Cheryl plays her Dusty Strings FH36S harp. Dusty Strings, one of the country's prominent harp builders, exquisitely designed this harp with 36 strings and Loveland levers, a range of 5 octaves from 2 Cs below middle C up to the third C above middle C, and a gently arched stave-back. It is made from bubinga, an African rosewood, and the soundboard has solid spruce in the bottom third of the range, mahogany in the top two-thirds, and a book-matched veneer of figured hardward. It weighs about 29 pounds, is an impressive piece of fine woodworking, and produces a warm, rich, clean, and full-bodied sound.
When a special event requires additional volume, Cheryl can provide the finest quality amplification. She uses a state-of-the-art amplifier for acoustic instruments, the AER Compact 60, which sounds especially great with harps. It emits a crystal clear transparent sound and has many technical features. It weighs less than 17 pounds and is small in size (13 by 9.25 by 10.5 inches) so it fits in easily and has a discreet appearance. Considered by harp experts as the best amplifier for harps, the AER Compact 60 is a marvel of German engineering.
Along with the AER Compact 60 amplifier, Cheryl uses a superb quality microphone, the Harp Mic, specifically created for harps. Dusty Strings and Applied Microphone Technologies collaboratively designed this harp microphone that is electronically tailored to the harp’s unique sound and mounts easily, when needed, on the back of the soundbox. The microphone unit is so small that it is discreetly hidden from view, and it moves with the harp as it is played, keeping the sound level consistent.