I recently had the idea to tune one of my lever harps in C flat, like my pedal harp. Since I have two lever harps, I decided to leave one tuned in C so I can play in all the sharp keys, and tune the other harp in C flat so I can play in all the flat keys. Long ago, I tried the E flat tuning, but it seemed awkward and I could not play in A flat and D flat, two of my favorite keys! Now, between the two lever harps, I can play in all the keys that I can play in on my pedal harp.
The C flat tuning has already proven its advantages to vocalists I work with on a regular basis. They seemed to always be complaining about too high a key, so now they can sing a half step lower without me doing anything different!
I wondered if any of you who play the lever harp have ever tuned this way, and what you may think of it. It seems like such a simple idea now that I have done it, but it took me a long time to come up with the idea! So far it is working out great, so let me know what you all think.