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?