I’m a beginner harpist looking to buy my first harp. I’ve had a lesson with a really great teacher and done a lot of research online that has led me to the decision that for my needs I’d really like to buy a 34 string fully-levered harp. I live in the UK and don’t have a big budget, £2000 is my absolute limit but I would rather spend less. I also don’t want to buy something that wont actually work or will break so that narrows down the options. I realise how expensive good quality harps are to produce so I’m not complaining, just being honest about my situation.
So I’ve narrowed my search to two different options, all with pros and cons.
1) Morley (Elysian) Hempson 34 – £1500
This looks like a really well priced harp from an established brand. I was wondering whether anyone here has experience with this harp? I read a forum post here about someone whose lever broke. Does anyone know whether the levers are good quality? Looking around the internet there seems to have been a few issues with the occasional string buzzing or lever going out of alignment, but they all seem to have occurred a couple of years ago at least. This seems to be the best option for what I’m looking for, but I’d love any input if anyone knows anything about this harp 🙂
2) Teifi Siff Saff 34 – £2000
This harp seems really beautiful and has a beautiful sound from recordings I’ve heard. This could be a matter of better recording equipment of course! The levers seem very high quality and overall it seems slightly better than the Hempson, which is reflected in the price. And it is only 8Kg! And it comes with a padded carry case which seems like a good idea to get, as these are usually about £200 it seems. Does anyone have any experience with this harp?
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated 🙂