I am a interested in buying a lever harp, I ‘ve been wanting to play this instrument for a long time ! I need help finding the right instrument for my needs and what should be taken into consideration. I am a professional violinist so as far as music goes, I have solid bases. One of the reason why I am interested in lever harp at the moment is that it is more affordable than a pedal harp and I don’t think that I will be able to afford a pedal harp for many years ! I am interested in classical music for the lever harp. I have many questions :
– How hard is it to transition to pedal harp after having played on a celtic lever harp that has lesser string tension ? Should I take this aspect in consideration at the moment, even if I don’t know for sure that I will have money to buy a pedal harp ?
– Choice of harps : I am hesitating between a Lyon and Haely Ogden (34 gut strings, same tension as the pedal harp), Camac Mélusine ( 38 nylon strings, lesser tension, loved the sound of this one !) or Camac Korrigan ( 38 gut strings, same tension as pedal harp). I can’t try a Korrigan because the don’t sell it in my area, but can special order it. However, I am hesitant to buy a musical instrument without trying it first…
– Should I take my musical background into consideration ? For sure the harp is a totally different technique than the violin and as I was trying them, I felt very clumsy !
– My goal is to eventually ( even though it might be many years) transition on the pedal harp. Also, I would like to aquire a strong technique and eventually raise my level of playing to professional ( even if it takes many years !) and play gigs on the harp
I never took lessons yet but I am eager to start. It’s just a question of finding the right instrument and the money to buy it.
These are many questions !!!!
thank you for your help and time 🙂