I’ve been taking lessons for about 2 years, and in the past year have played at casual events such as small parties and various church events.
I was thinking the same thing as Kreig. Basically just comment that yes, they come in all sizes and that the smaller sized ones can often do the job and are easier to transport.
Put it into practical terms that make the size an practical advantage and they will get it.
I agree with what Kreig and Tony said. Reading the quote on its own doesn’t seem offensive. Was the tone condescending? Other points you may offer if the person seems interested: the earliest harps were all small harps no matter the origin; harps also come in many different types for different music such as lever, single/double action pedal, wire strung, cross strung, double strung, triple strung, Paraguayan, bray, etc.; if you aim to obtain a larger harp in the future, say something about as you progress, your harp will “grow” with you.
Yes, what Sid said! When I gigged on a 23 I didn’t hear it any less often than I do with a Thormahlen. People are just clueless. There’s nothing to do but smile, nod, and go on with what you were doing. As Ray Pool so wisely said, “People don’t want to be educated–they want to be right.”
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