Hello! Firstly, I want to say that I’m glad I found this forum.
I always loved the sound of harp.. I’m into celtic music (Loreena McKennitt, Alan Stivell, Margie Butler, Lisa Lynne, Angels Of Venice, Joan Doan, etc..). So mainly I’m into folk irish melodies.
I am planning on learning the harp by myself, cause there are no teachers near me. (I also play the piano, guitar, and alto recorder (all self-taugh) so I think I would not have a really big problem with learning the harp by myself, I can research a lot, find videos, read books etc.)
So… I would like you to help me decide on which harp I should buy. It would be definetely a lever one.
1) Question 1: The term “celtic harp” is the same as lever harp?
2) Also, I don’t know if my harp should have a 29 strings, or more strings like 34.. I’m thinking that it would be better for me to buy the 34 strings, in order to have a more “full” sound.
3) In my country, Greece, there are only 22-string harps available (it’s a Halifax lever harp, with 12 levers.. is this Halifax a good one or is it trash?)..
4) So I will have to buy my harp through the internet (cause 22 strings seems too little for me). I can’t even rent one here.. There are no teachers also..
I’ve read a lot in this forum about the Ravenna Dusty Strings Harp. But it says that there is no shipping available outsite the US. 🙁 Is there anything I can do for that?????
4) What is a decent price for a 34 lever harp, with full levers? Is this http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=4319&SEName=meghan-harp-with-celtic-knotwork a good harp? Is the price 1200-1500$ a decent price or they are not of a good quality?
5)If I can’t buy the Ravenna Dusty Strings (34), is there any good harp you recommend me to buy, with a nice quality sound and a fair price, that can be shipped here in Greece? I hope it’s not too expensive cause 2000 euros seems a lot to me and it will take time to earn them…
6) Does anybody know what kind of harp Loreena McKennitt uses? (How many strings actually..)
Thanks in advance!! 🙂