I have been looking at used petite pedal harps by Lyon & Healy, Salvi and Camac. I’ve had an opportunity to view and play 2 so far, so I am still watching websites and being patient.
Another harp appeared recently, and I’m interested to go see it but I haven’t reached out to the owner yet. It‘s been in a smoke free home, and only one owner, late 1990’s. From the pictures the wood looks good, I don’t see scratches or cracks.
But, there are several strings missing, maybe 6, and no picture of a dust cover. I am wondering if this is from a family-run estate sale or something like that.
I have a list of things to look and listen for, and I would have it checked out by a professional if I were going to take the plunge. But the broken strings makes me suspect that it hasn’t been played for a while. (I play the lever harp, so I know how to change strings.) Is this a red flag? What would you all ask before you drive out to see and hear it? (2 hour drive.) Will I even be able to tune it to have a good impression of the sound?
I feel like I may have an opportunity to get a good price on a pedal harp, but is this a bad idea?