I know .. another thread about my harp rental dilemmas.
Yes, that’s my arrangement, and yes, t’s possible on a prelude. I was using a prelude(38 string version) when I did that arrangement. I always check everything on that harp to be sure it’s possible, although it’s a bit quicker on a low headed harp like a dusty.
You’re welcome, Deb. One thing about a harp like the prelude: You might find it helps to sit a bit higher than you might otherwise do, in order to be closer to the levers. (I don’t bother, but for some people it’s a help.)
When trying out the harps, see if you can get arranged so that you’re comfortable for playing but you can also reach up to the low G lever without having to get up off your bench or do a lot of wiggling around to make the grab. If you can do that, you should be fine with about 99% of the literature (in all musical styles) that requires lever changes.
But what about your portability issue? Wouldn’t getting a pedal harp complicate this? Or even the Prelude- they weigh upwards of 40 lbs.
The total value of my three harps is around $13,000, but I would never trade them in for a used pedal harp. I’d feel confined to just one instrument, one voice. But that’s just me, and I’ve never been interested in pedal harps. I still feel that you may find you are a multi-harp person: at least one for performance and one for portability. At least this way you don’t have to make up your mind on just one!
Can you rent two at a time? Or buy one and rent another? Thoughts anybody?
I’m with Karen. Just my personal opinion, but it really sounds like your heart won’t be satisfied with an all-around harp. There will be too many compromises, even with a Dusty. You might just be a multi-harp person, as she suggests. Your challenge now is not beating your harp(s) into the shape of your budget, but rather, shaping the budget to fit your necessary harps.
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