I haven’t been able to find a topic specifically on this subject, so here it goes. This is a question about lever (Celtic) harps, obviously.
When I bought my Dusty String double-strung harp in Paris, France, it came fully levered with Loveland black sharping levers :
Now, they are light, sturdy and the pitch is perfect as far as I can tell. My question is general and I don’t intend to change levers any time soon.
(As an aside, I don’t know any harpist in France that would have a harp less-than fully levered, unless it was an amateur harp. Funny how that goes).
Now, Dusty also make harps with Camac levers, but they don’t offer it for some type of harps, including mine. And since my harp is probably (as far as I could tell) the only double-strung harp in this country, it’s not as if I had a say in the type of levers.
Now, I was wondering how feasible it might be to swap a type of levers for another. Once a harp is fully lever lever with one type, is it possible to take them off and put another type? For example, Loveland → Camac, or Camac → Truitt, or something else?
I suppose some levers are set by making holes in the wood, which makes changing them impossible.
There are a bunch of lever types, and I know that many argue a preference of one type over the other. ((Lever debate – Dusty Strings)
Without getting into this debate, since I know new levers are created all the time*, sometimes being able to change levers is a good thing. I’m thinking of my second student harp, with 20 years + plastic levers that did not make for a good sound or fluid lever change…
(*For example, French harp maker Matthias Desmyter (L’Unisson) is thinking up a new type of levers that he presented at the Dinan Harp Festival in Brittany last summer).
Any harp maker around that could answer? 🙂