how consistent do harps tend to be, across several harps of a certain model/make? I have always thought it basically depends on the individual instrument, with its unique construction and wood composition. Obviously there will be variances, but how much the same would, for example, five style 85’s be, side by side?
Back story: this weekend I had the chance to try out a few different people’s harps. They were all wonderful, but one stood out in my mind as particularly beautiful. If I were to search for a harp of the same model, what are the chances I will find the same beautiful harp? Or is she just super lucky to have such a great instrument? She told me it’s about 20 years old, which also makes a difference.
Or if I were to order a new one after hearing a floor model, I guess I worry that mine won’t be the same as the one I played before, even after a break in period. (Although I will probably end up buying a used harp. That’s just how it goes.).
I live in a place far from any harp showrooms, so no matter who I buy from, I will most likely have to travel a long distance, and not be able to return to try it again later. Harps do come up for sale in my area, but not too often, and then you have only one harp to choose from. I haven’t played enough harps to really know what “sounds better” without some kind of comparison.)
Anyway, I better stop writing before this post turns into a novel. :). I’m wondering what others’ experiences are. Thanks!