This has likely been discussed before, but I have a few specific questions about choosing one of these harps.
1. What are your opinions on the different makes available. I’m mostly looking at Camac and L&H, but welcome information on any harps.
2. How does the size of the harp affect the decision. Of course I’m aware of the effects on the acoustic nature of the sound, but if I buy one of these I will typically amplify it with two goals: amplify to obtain a relatively traditional harp sound for gigs, and amplify it and put it through effects pedals and explore electronic timbres for creative endeavors.
3. How does the soundboard shape affect the electronic amplification? While I know there is an acoustic benefit to an extended soundboard, does this fuller sound benefit the electronic processing or does it add more overtones?
For the purely electric instruments I know you don’t want extra acoustic resonance for processing sound, so the electroacoustic instrument is attempting to be two things at once, making it a complicated instrument. What size and shape helps to maximize the harps potential both as amplified for a tradition harp sound and for electronic experimentation?
Right now I’m leaning towards the Camac Little Big Blue with the extended soundboard, as an overall smaller harp. This would be helpful to have a lighter weight harp for gigging, it is a little more economically feasible, but I still lean towards the extended soundboard because I do want it to be capable of a relatively full, traditional harp sound. I look forward to hearing your experience and insights on this topic.