Buying First Harp

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  • Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #155264

    Hello!
    I’m an A level music student who has always wanted to play the harp. The only reason I put it off was because it is so hard to find harps around where I live (My parents are not musicians either so they can’t tell the difference between a lyre and a harp 🙂 as well as it seemed to be an instrument that wasn’t very versatile.
    As I’ve grown older and started on different instruments my desire to learn the harp keeps increasing. However, as you all know harps are not cheap.
    So to get to the point I’ve found two harps that I like I’m just a bit uncertain.
    The first one is the Fireside Cardboard Harp Kit, it costs $139.99 (with added shipping for me) and has a really nice sound, plus I can afford to add levers on later on. However there doesn’t seem to be much info on cardboard harps out there so I can’t really tell if there good or not.
    The second one is the Harpsicle, Costing more at $399.99 but it does have a lovely tone. As well as a reliable brand. Biggest downside is the lack of being able to place levers on afterwards. I did look at the Sharpsticle ext but thats starting to go over my range at $560.99

    So I ask for your knowledge and wisdom in this matter 🙂
    Thank you!

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155265

    Forgot to add the other big pro for the Harpsicle is that you can get an electronic plug in which means it can play through an amp. 🙂 (I already have a lead and small amp so it won’t put too much up bill wise)

    Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #155266

    I have a Sharpsicle and I am very happy with it. In your place I would choose a Harpsicle versus a cardboard kit harp, if you can.

    Participant
    Tacye on #155267

    You say A level – are you in the UK?

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155268

    Yep I’m in the UK and I did say that there would be added shipping costs for me 🙂
    I know perfectly well what kind of shipping prices I’m going to be hit with >.< It's just a shame that there aren't many affordable harp makers in the UK

    Participant
    jessica-wolff on #155269

    By now you’ve probably discovered that the harp is a good sight more versatile than you thought, yes?

    But I would think that the Harpsicle is kind of limited as an ONLY harp. It also, being a lap harp, tends to slide all over your lap, even with one of those bars.

    Participant
    Tacye on #155270

    Fair enough- I have come across several people who took shipping into account, but not taxes.

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155271

    There just wasn’t much information around when I was still in Primary school about instruments and what skills could be learnt from them. It seemed more worthwhile for me to learn the flute and piano instead. Only now with the independence to search for these things myself have I been able to make the decision that learning the harp would be amazing 😀
    I think the sheer thought of a harp would of made my primary school music teacher faint. He only loved violins XD

    Thanks for the warning about the lap harps moving everywhere 🙂
    What do you mean about the Harpsicle being an only harp?

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155272

    @Tacye Phillipson

    I did take a look at both of these 🙂
    The Fireside beat the Waring in the contest though for having more strings and the prospect of additional levers later on.
    I like the look of the feather wood harp but to spend that much on a cardboard soundbox harp makes me think that I should go for the harpsicle instead.

    When I thought about buying a harp I decided to put it into a cart and check it out to see how much the final cost will be. So I wouldn’t be hit with anything horrible last minute.

    Thank you for the links 🙂

    Participant
    Tacye on #155273

    When I thought about buying a harp I decided to put it into a cart
    and check it out to see how much the final cost will be. So I wouldn’t
    be hit with anything horrible last minute.

    Ah, I think

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155274

    I had no idea that they did that. I’ve ordered stuff from abroad before but I suppose those were too small to have VAT put on them? (completely clueless)
    Thankfully I do try to have a bit of extra just incase, you don’t know when the prices will change to something else and at the moment I’m just using a converter to change dollars into pounds.

    Participant
    rod-c on #155275

    Louise:

    If

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155276

    I looked into rental and unfortunately there is no way I can afford to rent a harp if I then wanted to buy one. Especially since most of the harps up for rental are selling into the £1000’s. The ones I’m looking into are kits then I have to assemble myself as well (except for the Harpsicle).
    Thanks for the suggestion though, when I am older and earning I may try and do that for a bigger and nicer harp 🙂

    Member
    Louise Hirst on #155277

    I found another harp that is in my price range, its a 22 string rosewood celtic lap harp.
    I know that straight away people are going to reply ‘nonononorosewood!!’
    I was thinking the same thing, but most of the forums on here about rosewood harps are more specifically aimed at Mid-East harps and this one is from an english company. It has also been reduced to half price.
    >.< harps are so hard to find!

    Participant
    Alison on #155278

    Try to avoid the Pakinstani kit harps unless you have an accomplished wood worker in your circle of friends to look at it first.

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