And I’m pretty small. About 5’2″. So what size harp should I get? I’m just starting, and money is a pretty big issue. Should I rent? Purchase? What brands? I would want a pedal harp, since I’m going for classical music and aim to audition for an orchestra in a few years.
Something like the Lyon & Healy Chicago 40, maybe? Keep in mind, though, that if you’re done growing, you’ll have to get used to an orchestral-sized harp sooner or later. My sympathies–I’m just under 5-feet-nothing. Barbara’s advice about consulting your teacher and maybe renting from your teacher is a good one.
I haven’t talked to my teacher yet, mainly because I haven’t decided on a teacher. I’ve narrowed it down to two, but it seems like I should get a teacher first then a harp. I figured I’d need a harp before a teacher.
I made the mistake of getting a harp first. It took me all of a month of lessons before I ended up getting a different harp. I could have saved myself both money and time if I had gotten the teacher first and had her help me pick a harp in the first place.
I still have that second harp. Although I have others now that one is still a great harp and I still play it.