Is there a smaller pedal harp?

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    Norah Calamy on #158986

    Hi guys! I’m back! I’m over my string woes for Ogden… and in the midst of trying to pay it off before the rent-to-own period is over.

    But question because I am curious… Are there pedal harps for small-stature people? I’ve heard the L&H Grand Petite harps (at least with the straight soundboard) is smaller, and so is the Camac Clio…

    But if there is anyone of small-stature that’d have some info about smaller pedal harps, I’d be obliged to hear it!

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    catherine-rogers on #158987

    I’m petite (5 feet) and have played a concert grand for years. However, I have a Camac Clio (44 strings, extended board) for casual jobs and find it more comfortable because the pedals are closer together, i.e., I don’t have to reach so far for the A pedal. It also weighs less, (57 lbs.) which is principally why I bought it. Or you can get the straight board Clio at 55 lbs. If you’re not playing orchestra repertoire, you can probably get away without a concert grand most of the time.

    Also consider the Lyon & Healy 85P (discontinued but used ones are available–40 strings, straight board) or the 85GP–44 strings, extended board. Salvi has the Daphne with 40 or 44 strings. Venus has the Cherub with 44 strings. All are fine instruments. If weight is a consideration, check the specs on each of those.

    Used ones are available on this website in the classified section and from Lyon & Healy’s pre-owned program and from individuals and harp stores.

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    Tacye on #158988

    My first pedal harp was

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    brook-boddie on #158989

    I’d recommend the L&H Chicago 40 also.

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    catherine-rogers on #158990

    You’re right, I’d forgotten about the Chicago 40. Very nice instruments. I tried one at the Atlanta Harp Center and really liked its sound.

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    Dwyn . on #158991

    I have a 44 string Venus Cherub (69 pounds, per the Venus website), and am happy with it.

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    Zen Sojourner on #158992

    Personally I greatly prefer the plainer styling.

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    Dwyn . on #158993

    I’ve never played one of the Bavarian-style pedal harps (with the curved soundbox), but suspect they make it a lot easier to reach the lower strings, especially for someone with shorter arms/height.

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    barbara-brundage on #158994

    Yes, but don’t forget the Tyrollean style models are mostly single action harps.

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    Norah Calamy on #158995

    Thanks so much for all the replies 🙂

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    michael-rockowitz on #158996

    Tacye (and everyone else),

    I’m a little intrigued by the small pedal harp that Zangerle sells – at 22lbs, and 51 inches, it could practically serve as a harp that blurs the distinction between folk and pedal harps, if it were relatively affordable, and had a pleasing sound.

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    jessica-wolff on #158997

    That would be a pretty safe assumption. Notice the emphasis on the 7 pedals: some of the Tyrolean harp makers (by which I mean makers of Tyrolean harps, not Tyrolean makers of harps) make their smallest harps, the ones intended for children, with only 5 pedals. Usually Tyrolean-style harps are pretty good value, 5,000 Euros or so.

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    Dwyn . on #158998

    As far as I know, they’re *all* single action, though I’m not sure why.

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