I’m thinking of buying a new lever harp in the next six months or so (currently have an old Salvi 34-string Heather). I recently tried out a harp I like very much except that the string spacing is quite different. As the maker explains it, the string spacing is the same from string edge to string edge, so that the thinner strings are closer together. A lot of other harp makers advertize a “concert” spacing.
From other postings, I see that there’s really no such thing as a standard concert spacing, and Carl especially thinks it’s fairly easy (with practice) to shift between spacings. I just can’t imagine my brain being able to do this quickly, though. For one thing, I’m able to play without looking at the music on the Salvi, and I figure this is because my body “knows” how big an octave (say) is anywhere on the harp…how could you possibly make adjustments to new (and uneven!!) spacing in a few minutes? I’d love to hear from anyone who shifted to a new harp with different (and varying) spacing. How long did it take you to adjust? I think the idea of unevenness on the same harp is bothering me most of all.
Also, I have very long fingers. Would I be better off NOT having a narrow spacing anywhere on the harp? Thanks!