Question: Does size matter with a harp? Do I really need a concert grand pedal harp?
For the past twenty years I have curiously watched as the trend in harp sales (with the exception of student sized instruments) has moved almost exclusively to 47 string concert grands. Manufacturers have either taken smaller harps off the market or redesigned these same models to be larger and have more strings. The general consensus seems to be that bigger is better. There is this notion that anything having fewer than 47 strings, is smaller in size, or has a straight soundboard is not a real instrument and cannot be taken seriously.