Back in the 70’s there weren’t so many harp companies, and no dealerships where you could walk in and try or buy. New harps had to be ordered from the factory and there was a waiting list, which they told us when we placed our order. We also learned the cost would be the price at time of delivery, not at the time the order was placed. Of course it was higher two years later. I waited two years each for two harps I bought in 1977 and 1979, but at the time there was no choice. Those were standard models and finishes; the wait for special orders was even longer.
No harps have gone out of Chicago for some weeks now as it is too cold to ship them. The extreme cold would damage the finish.