I recently purchased an old used Troubadour III for a pretty good price that appears to be in pretty good shape. It’s missing a few strings, a few more don’t look like they were put on very well in the first place, and there are two broken levers. It seems to be the popular opinion on here that these old levers aren’t exactly to be missed, and from what little I’ve seen, I tend to agree. The missing strings and one of the replacement levers (the same old string-chewing ones) were included with the harp. I’ve ordered a full set of strings just to have in case of future breakage, and I’m kind of thinking I want to gradually replace the levers with newer, better ones as they break.
Essentially I’m asking if this is a good idea, or if it will save me headaches and money in the long run to just have all the levers and strings replaced at once. I know any kind of work on a harp is expensive, but how much could I expect to spend on a total replacement? As a recent high school graduate, I’ll have to find out if it’s worth scraping up the money.
As a side note, I’ve studied piano for twelve years, and will be going for a degree in performance next year. I’m hoping to be able to mostly teach myself how to play the harp. Are there any books I should look for aimed at adults with prior musical knowledge?