A little help…

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    Emma Preuss on #160386

    Hi everyone.

    I am just about to take up playing the harp and have so far had one lesson. My teacher said I needed to get hold of a harp but I’m a little stumped. I don’t have a great deal of money so I’ve been keeping an eye out for something at a reasonable price. At first I was tempted by the EMS harps but I’ve heard so much negative feedback that I’ve decided that it’s not worth it. If I’m going to learn then I’ll need something to practice on but I’m scared of splashing out on an expensive harp in case it doesn’t work out.

    I’m English so I can’t use some of the sources that have been suggested on some of the other threads. Any advice on where I should look?

    Geri McQuillen on #160387

    Hello Emma,

    Clive Morley in the UK has a harp rental program.

    Audrey Nickel on #160388

    Does Dusty Strings market in England at all?

    Tacye on #160389

    What sort of harp are you looking to get and what specifications does
    your teacher want?

    Emma Preuss on #160390

    I think I might go for Clive Morely Harps. They do the dusty strings range, they have good rent rates and aren’t too far away from me so I can travel over there and have a look as well as a bit of a go.

    Thanks guys

    Emma Preuss on #160391

    Sorry double post..Tayce’s message came through after I’d responded

    I’m in WIltshire so Clive Morely is not too far away from me. I think I’ll head on over so I can try a few out maybe tomorrow or on Monday. My plan is to Rent short-term to see how I get on with playing the harp then look into buying one if it goes well. I’m keeping an eye out for second hand because I can’t really afford a new one. I did see the pink harp.

    Audrey Nickel on #160392

    I have to say that layers of paint actually CAN have an influence on the sound.

    Emma Preuss on #160393

    Well the pink one has been sold anyway. I’m now hiring one that’s the same though (although in a rather nicer mahogany). Now to get learning!

    Thanks for the help.

    renate-kvalsvik on #160394

    The Hempson 34 is a very good harp to begin with. I have one (also mahogany, but with decorations on the soundboard) and I love mine.
    One thing though, that if you decide to buy it later on, I would replace the strings in the 3rd and 4th octaves with Bow Brand gut instead of nylon and tape wound, and Bow Brand professional bass wire for the 5th and 6th. I did so just recently, and the sound quality has improved drastically. It has a much fuller, more resonant voice now. Just a suggestion.
    I hope you enjoy learning the harp!

    Emma Preuss on #160395

    Mine also has the decorated soundboard. It’s gorgeous isn’t it?

    Thanks for the advice on the strnings

    renate-kvalsvik on #160396

    No problem 🙂 Yes, the decorations are beautiful! I hope you’ll enjoy learning to play.

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