can anyone tell me if they are content with 26 strings or less as an only harp?
No, not as my only harp. I played a Ravenna 26 when I was in Alaska for a week, and there just were not enough low strings – I was constantly rearranging standard musical arrangements. I really wanted another octave down there.
I would not go with less than 34 strings.
— Alice in windy Wyoming.
I’ll take a stab at this one. I think (and I’m not Jennifer, so I’m guessing here) that you are on the quest for “the perfect harp” from all your various recent postings about different harps, and your angst over having to choose one. I think you may be a “multi-harp” person (like me,I have three). This is not a bad thing in and of itself, but it may cause you a lot of stress bouncing from one harp to another, and you are bound to have buyer’s regret- it is already apparent you have renter’s regret. Every harp has it’s own unique voice, and some harps sound better playing certain styles of music than others. I really don’t believe for a second that there is a “perfect harp”, and more than you or I are perfect. Each harp, no matter how great it sounds, will have a flaw somewhere. Maybe what you should do is let yourself get used to one harp for awhile instead of bouncing from one to another. The Egan might still be your best choice- just give it a chance.
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