I am a new member who has been reading the forums for about a month.
I am an adult beginner, and took lessons for a few months with a very old lap harp that I have owned for years, and always wanted to learn to play properly.
My teacher told me that I should stop using my instrument and that it needed repairs. I decided that, rather than spending the money on repairs, I would save up and by a larger lever harp. (I would like to repair my old harp eventually, too). I had always wanted a floor harp, and had found the smaller size difficult to balance while learning to play.
I have spent months researching different brands and models and listening to them online. The problem is that there is nowhere near me where I can check out the harps in person, and I am loathe to make such an important choice (and large investment) without looking at, listening to, and touching them in person. I live in New York City, and am planning on going to the Somerset Harp Festival this summer. This seems like my best opportunity to check out a variety of harps all at once. The problem? I am going crazy waiting!!! I don’t know if I can hold out until then to play!
I have been looking for used harps for sale that I can check out within subway/bus reach, and such postings are few and far between. I recently saw this one:
and emailed the seller, asking for the make, model, and type of wood. I wanted to get an idea what I was dealing with. He replied that there was no manufacturer but that it was a Celtic lever harp with 34 strings and was made of ash and beech. There is also some repair needed, as shown in the post.
I cannot figure out who the maker is, and don’t know if the repair is something that I could do myself.
I would really like to have something to play now, but am concerned about spending the money now (which will affect what I can afford in July) unless it is worthwhile. I would really appreciate some feedback from people on the forum.
Please excuse the long post, and thanks for all replies.