Decision time

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  • Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #158841

    After renting a Hempson 34 for a year, I’m now considering buying a harp.
    I was going to take a year out from it to concentrate on uni and then give the instrument the attention it deserves when I’m not worrying about essays and exams. I discovered though, that after a year’s renting, I get money off buying a harp if I do it within the next two months. The question I have now, is do I buy now and if so, which harp? Last year, I didn’t put in the effort to learn because I was away from my teacher at uni and got horribly out of practice when deadlines approached. I don’t know if this is just uni or whether I’m genuinely struggling to commit to the instrument. On the other hand, now I’ve had to take my Hempson back, I really miss it and I still aspire to be able to play properly. It would have been nice to have a year out to consider and to really be able to commit myself after uni but if I can save £300 or so by buying now, it has to be worth it.

    Decision 2 is which harp to buy. My main two choices are a Hempson 34 again or a Ravenna 26.
    The Hempson: has a wider range, I’ve had one before, looks a lot nicer and there are 1 or 2 available second hand

    The Ravenna: is way more transportable, cheaper and has a gorgeous sound

    So any thoughts?

    Participant
    harpglo-jean on #158842

    I would advise going with the Hempson, because it has the most strings, and you’re already familiar with it, since you’ve been renting it…I own a Ravenna 26, and do love the tone and the portability, as you mentioned.

    Participant
    deb-l on #158843

    I am the wrong person to help with ‘which harp’ decision LOL..

    but, as someone who has struggled with the same decision, am I committed enough to buy a harp and always missing it when I return my rental, I finally came to the conclusion that I need to have a harp in my life and am so appreciative to have one again that I decided to make the commitment.

    Member
    Emma Preuss on #158844

    Both of these are really useful thankyou. Deb L.: It’s nice to hear from someone who’s a casual player.

    So the lack of range really makes a lot of difference then? I’m still very much a beginner and thus far haven’t made that much use of the lower range.

    Participant
    deb-l on #158845

    Emma, there is a lot of music out there for smaller harps without a lot of range.

    Participant
    jessica-wolff on #158846

    What about a Ravenna 34?

    Participant
    Tacye on #158847

    Do you get the discount off the 2nd hand Hempsons too?

    The Ravenna is the better quality harp

    Member
    Emma Preuss on #158848

    The Ravenna 34 is out of my price range at the moment.

    I have tried the Ravenna 24. It has a lovely sound but I can’t really judge if I’d miss the extra strings. I did enjoy playing it though. Then again, I love the Hempson. :S

    As for what music, I like a bit of a variety. I don’t think I’m going to be playing a lot of complex classical pieces though. I would like to learn a few more modern pieces, covers etc though and it could be a problem for that :/

    Member
    jennifer-buehler on #158849

    This guy does

    Participant
    lydia-sander on #158850

    Have you heard of Harps of Praise before?

    Member
    Emma Preuss on #158851

    I’m in the UK so that wouldn’t be very practical for me. I’m going to be getting one from Clive Morley harps. I can drive there and pick one up which is great because it means I can try the various harps out. The only problem is that I’m hideously rusty right now so I can’t really give any harp much of a run for its money.

    Thanks for the link, I’ll have to investigate that 🙂

    Participant
    deb-l on #158852

    it sounds like you really like the tone of the Ravenna.

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