Help me choose – please!!!!!

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    unknown-user on #157657

    OK…I have to choose – I want to play Celtic music mostly… 32 or 36 string harp?

    I have looked through the sheet music (Syliva Wood’s Celtic books) I have and can’t see that bottom C used very often at all. Sooooo, if I play mostly celtic, will I need it? Newbie to music theory as well….so need some advice based on your experience please. Thanks so much – this forum has helped me a lot, both as poster and lurker.

    Paul and Brenda on #157658

    We like 33 or 34 strings.

    poppy-rose on #157659

    I wouldn’t buy anything less than 34 strings. I’ve only been playing for a little less than 3 years, and I would say that within the first year, I was needing that low C. you can find lots of music written for less strings, but with 34 strings, you never need to concern yourself with it. don’t limit yourself now, it will surprise you how fast you can progress if you really want to learn, and practice

    HBrock25 on #157660

    Hi Neptune Neptune,

    Our range of

    sherry-lenox on #157661

    If you’re really into sound, there’s also the added importance of the sympathetic C when you play middle C.

    mahtab mosavibarab on #157662

    Hi Neptune Neptune

    If you don’t have a budget problem go for 36 string. you never regret having more strings.

    I’m self teaching my self and use the same book( which is a really good one)

    tony-morosco on #157663

    You probably will eventually want to expand your repertoire beyond the Sylvia Woods Books. They are excellent books and I have almost all of them. But eventually you are going to want to play something not in them, or you are going to want to expand on what she wrote, or do your own arrangements.

    Or you may eventually decide you want to play something other than Celtic music.

    In any of those cases you will be very happy to have as many strings as you can get.

    I don’t ever recall anyone complaining that they had too many strings, only not enough.

    Of my lever harps I have a 34 string acoustic and a 30 string electric. I love my electric harp, but I often find myself wishing it went lower.

    34 – 36 strings seems a good range. Less than that and I think that you will eventually wish you had something with more strings.

    harpglo-jean on #157664

    I also agree, 34-36 strings..(the more strings the better!!) And, a great value harp, depending upon if you’re in the U.S., is the Dusty Strings Ravenna 34 string has a wonderful tone and a drop-down leg for portability.…Good Luck!

    holly-kemble on #157665

    I own a 36 string Aberdeen Meadows, with a range of C to C. If I had to do it all over again…I would have chosen A to A

    jessica-wolff on #157666

    I think Sylvia Woods’ arrangements are meant to accommodate folks who can’t afford the full 36 strings or levers on every string–you’ll notice that they’re mostly in C or G. Later on you’re likely to want that low C.

    You might want to consider the R-Harps Merlin, which is compact but has 35 strings, including the B below that low C.

    shelby-m on #157667

    I second Gloria’s recommendation for a DS Ravenna 34.

    John McK on #157668

    I will make an argument for a smaller harp: if you want to play fast Irish dance tunes

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