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  • #73753
    Ann
    Member

    How long does the average

    #73754

    My partner gigs regularly on her 20+ year old Troub.

    #73755
    bernhard-schmidt
    Participant

    Ann,

    I’m harp maker in Germany.
    I

    #73756
    bernhard-schmidt
    Participant

    I must write

    #73757
    Ann
    Member

    Thank you very much, Bernhard. This gives me some good thoughts for when I am at HarpCon 2010 this summer. I will be looking for harps there, because there will be so many harpmakers in one place.

    I prefer to look for a harp made by a harpmaker rather than a factory instrument, so talking to individual harpmakers will be easy for me. I understand that factory instruments can sometimes be more consistent, but on the other hand, they are also sometimes built to a certain cost point, which may require certain compromises.

    Is there anything in particular I should look for in the harps I try out? Or is it best to simply describe my needs to the harpmakers and let them suggest a good instrument to meet those goals?

    #73758
    Karen Johns
    Participant

    I had a 22 string lap harp I built from a kit that I sold about a year ago. It was 20 years old when I sold it with no problems.

    Another thing to keep in mind about longevity is how you care for the harp. Wood does not age as quickly if kept in a controlled environment (humidity, temperature, etc.). This is especially true if the soundboard is made of spruce.

    I think if you care properly for a harp made by a reputable harpmaker it should not be unreasonable to expect that it will last for many decades.

    Karen

    #73759
    bernhard-schmidt
    Participant

    Yes, as Karen said it…a part of the harps lifetime is for sure the care you give to the instrument.
    Ann, I’m sorry but can’t tell you any really help to what you should looking for. This is very specific

    #73760
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’ve had a 36-string Dusty harp since 1991. The harp was never in air-conditioning or any kind of climate control until after 2001. I use it for gigs outdoors and indoors all the time. It does have a little bit of a belly, but it is doing well, has a big voice, and I will enjoy playing it for as long as I have. I tried to ask Dusty about the longevity of their harps and they told me they aren’t sure; one of their first prototypes is still being played! I would except a good harp to last more than 5 years.

    #73761
    jessica-wolff
    Participant

    I have a Troubadour I and it’s having problems, but not with the basic structure. Someone from Melody in Texas told me, “Those harps are practically indestructible.”

    #73762
    Ann
    Member

    Thank you, everyone, for your replies. They are very encouraging. I am much more willing to spend money for the harp that fits me well and sounds lovely to me, if it will last me a while. It sort of sounds like my earlier fears (that a harp was only a 5-year investment) were ungrounded. Although I do hope to be dragging my harp in and out of the car a lot, I intend to take good care of it. Hopefully not too much playing outdoors. Your comments are a big relief. Thanks!

    #73763
    Ann
    Member

    One more thought: I was afraid I would have to make major compromises on my next harp, if I had to budget for a

    #73764
    Pat Eisenberger
    Participant

    Hi Ann –

    One thing that the harp makers here might be able to tell you for certain – but I was told that the older a harp is, the sweeter the sound. My harps are new, so I haven’t experienced this yet. I can tell you that my teacher has one of the first L&H Troubadores, and still gives lessons on it.

    I believe that there are many harp makers that make models in your price range. Happy hunting!

    #73765
    Tacye
    Participant

    My oldest lever harp isn’t really a lever harp- it has blades rather than levers and was made around 70 years ago.

    #73766
    jessica-wolff
    Participant

    Holy cow, Tacye! What kind of harp is it?

    #73767
    Tacye
    Participant

    It is a Briggs, quite a few are still around.

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