Over the past few years, I’ve noticed the Mikel Celtic harp line has been getting a good reputation from a few posters here for being quality instruments of their budget. For my first harp I’ve wanted to start with a larger format lever at 38 strings. The Mikel 38 offering seems to be relatively new – that is, the reviews of Mikel Celtic here have been regarding their 34 string harps before the 38 model started being listed. It’s such that the model has no name like the Saffron or the Aster – it’s just “Mikel 38.” http://mikelharps.com/lever-harps/mikel-38-strings/
As someone who has never had a harp to call their own and wants to get their foot in the door to start learning, I realize I should not be too picky. I was set on saving up for a Heartland Delight for some time being attracted to their durability + light weight, but shied away from it for multiple reasons (not the least of which was their cost from a beginner’s perspective). The value of this 38 string model is pretty much unbeatable from my preliminary browsing. With that in mind, has anyone seen or heard this particular model in action or know a person who has? Since it’s a newer model my expectation leans to “no” and there have yet to be any adopters that have shared their experience with this yet. I wouldn’t really mind taking the plunge and being that pioneer myself since spreading word of new things can only be helpful and I need an instrument to start on anyway. Of course, any other voices who can chime in before I do so would certainly be helpful.