Hello! I’m an aspiring harpist. I’ve always loved the sound the harp makes, and recently I finally caved in to the idea of learning how to play the harp and told myself why not?
I have been researching for the last two weeks on what harp I should get. I ended up deciding that I wanted a harp with concert tension because I may end up wanting to move on into playing a pedal harp in the future, but for now I think starting with a lever harp isn’t a bad idea. I have narrowed my choices to the Dusty Strings Boulevard and Lyon & Healy Ogden. I would like to know what you guys think about the two Harps I mentioned and if you guys can recommend other alternative harps to choose from. I’m also looking at the Ravenna 34 even though it’s not a concert tension harp since a lot of people have a lot of praise for them (also considered replacing the nylon strings on them to gut strings but I don’t know if it will affect the harp negatively in the future since it was designed for nylon strings and I can’t find any sound samples of a Ravenna with gut strings). I also really liked the L&H prelude but sadly it is out of my price range, for now my budget is around $3500 USD.
In case anyone might wonder, the kinds of music I am interested in playing isn’t really limited. I would like to play celtic, classical, and even cover modern contemporary music.