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  • #69271
    unknown-user
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    Isn’t this discussion – at this point – getting blown

    #69272

    CHEERS… 🙂

    #69273

    All of this brouhaha about which is the best pedal harp is wasted energy!

    All pedal harp manufacturers have made some wonderful harps as well as
    some “duds.” As others have pointed out, beauty is in the eye of the
    beholder. All companies’ harps have a characteristic “sound” – some
    people find it pleasing and others find it annoying. I have played
    every brand of pedal harp on the exhibit floors at harp conferences and
    all of them were wonderful in their own way.

    I love the very consistent tone of the Salvis from top to bottom – they
    are wonderful harps for recording artists. I’ve owned three Salvi harps
    in my lifetime and they all held tune incredibly well – a particular
    outstanding feature of Salvis. However, as others have pointed out, I
    found that they lacked projection with the exception of the Diana – I
    love that harp!

    I currently play on Venus harps. They are wonderfully well constructed
    and have a great tone. The company owner takes great pains to make sure
    you receive the style and finish you desire. They allow you to try out
    the harp for 30 days – if it’s a “lemon” or was not made to your specs,
    you can return it. I believe that Venus harps are the best value for
    the money. Many of you may not know that Venus harps are actually
    designed from old pre-1940 L&H designs and the craftsmanship is
    based on L&H. harp building techniques.

    I have no feelings about L&H one way or the other. However, I think
    the pedal harps are the most “boring” harps visually; they really don’t
    offer that many design variations. Salvi has them beat head-over-heels
    in terms of their beauty of design, interesting lines, etc.

    As far as people on this list complaining about the “personalities” of
    some posters…..really, isn’t it time we got over ourselves? The world
    is full of a variety of personalities. The mark of a mature adult is to
    be able to accept the personality quirks of others, learn to ignore
    them, and get on with our lives.

    Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher

    #69274

    Dear Harp Column forum readers:

    Due to the precarious US economy and the cost of shipping harps, it is
    not the current policy of any pedal harp company to offer a “30-day
    guaranteed harp trial.” Perhaps that was informally true decades ago,
    but is it not a policy now. Therefore, please forget that I posted this
    misleading information.

    Venus (or any other harp manufacturer) will NOT permit a customer to
    send back a harp simply because “they don’t like it” and I did not mean
    to imply this. I was referring to serious snafoos like if a harp
    arrives with structural defects, or you ordered a walnut harp and a
    company sent an ebony one instead. All reputable harp companies would
    certainly “make good” on their own goof-ups of this magnitude. But as a
    consumer, you are obligated to make them aware of such an error in the
    first 30-days after the harp arrives.

    All pedal harp manufacturers do have warranties that cover specific
    structural or mechanical problems that may develop during the initial
    warranty period, such as a neck cracking. I think the largest pedal
    harp manufacturers all offer a five-year warranty.

    If anyone needs more clarification, please e-mail me privately off-list at: harp@nycap.rr.com. Thanks.

    Darhon

    #69275

    ALL I CAN SAY IS BE SURE OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND THE DETAILS OF WHAT YOU WANT.
    I truly hoped things work out for you…
    Much Respect,
    George Flores

    #69276

    I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR WHERE I STAND.
    I AM COMPLETELY NEUTRAL WHEN COMES TO ALL HARP COMPANIES.
    MY INTEREST IS 100% MY WORK AND MY LOVE.

    JUST AS IMPORTANT ALL THE WONDERFUL HARPIST ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    Much Luv & Respect
    ,George Flores
    P.s.To know more about me and my story go to:
    GEORGE FLORES

    #69277
    Jerusha Amado
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    I own a Salvi semi-grand with a gorgeous,

    #69278
    brook-boddie
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    Jer~

    Glad you are enjoying that Arion.

    #69279
    Jerusha Amado
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    Hi Brook!

    I wish that I could have heard that Scolpita, although I don’t know if I would buy one because of the design.

    #69280
    janelle-lake
    Participant

    As a lucky resident of Chicago and a harpist for 17 years, I have the opportunity to play all types of harps in all types of situations.

    #69281
    janelle-lake
    Participant

    Wood was living once, and harps are made out of wood.

    #69282
    unknown-user
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    What an amazing site … Frau Janya, if you read this, your husband ordered your specially matched

    #69283
    janelle-lake
    Participant

    Bravo Teri!

    #69284
    unknown-user
    Participant

    In July of 2005 I purchased a chamber harp, Prodigy, from VENUS. Wow! What a great investment. The moment this little harp with the big sound came into my house, I knew I had made the right decision. I’ve compared it to Lyon & Healy and Venus concert and semi-concert grands, and this little Prodigy holds its own amongst the chorus of big names.

    I play three 10-hour days a week at the MSP International Airport. I also do weddings, corporate gigs, etc. I play outdoor gigs in all kinds of nasty weather conditions and have had no problems with the Prodigy. It just keeps on performing and sounds better each day. The soundboard has lifted beautifully; the strings are at just the perfect interval. It is a working instrument and it did take one hard knock resulting in a split crown, but no damage was done to the actual frame of the harp itself. It’s built to notch. The Prodigy weighs only 72 pounds and is so well balanced that this 65-year old lady can easily carry it up the basement steps and slide it into the back of my van without Husband’s offered help. What a great harp for the busy (I mean really busy) performer.

    And, there isn’t a better two-some to deal with than Denise and Wally (and their artisans / technicians) at VENUS. I think Lyon & Healy Harps are wonderful. I have a L & H 17 and truly enjoy the harp. But, that Prodigy is the true Queen. I am so glad I bought a VENUS. It’s my first choice in harps. Thanks to VENUS for producing such a great harp.

    Pat Carlson – Minneapolis, MN

    #69285
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Pat,

    I’ve been through the MSP on many occasions.

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