Hello all! You were all so helpful when I was settling on a nice single strung harp, I ultimately chose a Ravenna 34 and am completely in love.
This lockdown has me itching for something new, however. I would love a double strung harp, but am having trouble choosing. My budget is hopefully around 4000, 5000 at the very highest. The Lorraine 29 from Stoney End fits nicely in that range, though I am concerned with the touted “low tension”. I’m sure it’s lovely for others, but I’m one of those who found the harpsicle annoyingly loose and twangy after getting used to my Ravenna.
Another option is the Rees Shaylee with 30 strings. I am concerned that the low F might not be quite enough. I’d like to be able to play single strung repertoire as well as double on this harp; those three low notes don’t come up often as I’m learning. But I’m a beginner playing a beginner’s repertoire. I’m also concerned about the Rees’ all wood construction. I’d actually prefer ply; I live in Nebraska where the temp fluctuates wildly, and I’d like to be able to play outside without worrying about structural damage to the harp.
The third I’m considering is a 34 string from Argent Fox, Lady E’s double strung harp. It’s the perfect size, it uses laminate. It seems like a great option, but I can’t find much about this maker and am hesitant to make such a big investment in something that doesn’t have word of mouth support.