lever harp vs. pedal harp

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    Tacye on #145093

    Thank you for reminding me about Peter Muernseer- I can now quote numbers about Tyrolean harps.

    bernhard-schmidt on #145094


    I would guess because

    Jerusha Amado on #145095


    The double strung harp sounds fascinating!

    unknown-user on #145096

    Liz Cifani is my inspiration to play this harp!! 🙂 The technique is
    the same, it is just a perceptual adjustment. Sometimes i do place one
    hand slightly early just to be sure footed since it’s not really
    possible to focus
    visually on both rows of strings at once. Generally the additional sympathetic
    vibrations from the second row of strings hides the muffling when i
    place early. Also, there is good reason to reverse the roles of the two
    hands based on the lever adjustments for certain passages, so it does
    require a greater
    degree of ambidextrousness. It is difficult to change the right hand
    levers as they are blind. I am still developing the ability to do that
    with confidence. I more often preset them. Other than that it is the
    same. So far i
    prefer the double harp to play jazz for its harmonic flexibility, but
    you can’t of course slide pedals. Having the freedom to play the M/m3rds so basic to jazz/blues is a definite benefit.

    For a simple improv experiment, set the right levers to d natural
    minor, and the left levers to D major. This gives you M/m3rds for the
    tonic, subdom, and dominant chords between the two hands (M3rds on the
    left, m3rds on the right). You can also get all your m7ths,
    but will have to alternate sides of the harp for them based on the
    particular chord. (tonic m7th on right row only, subdom m7th on right
    only, dom m7th on right or left)

    Harp Museum on #145097


    A 25 pound pedal harp?

    Jerusha Amado on #145098

    Interesting first post.

    unknown-user on #145099

    Harp M.,

    I’m interested in all of the threads involving lever harps because I’m hoping to buy one as soon as I can.

    tony-morosco on #145100

    The problem with that is that virtually any motor will make noise. Putting a motor on an instrument is a tricky proposition since an acoustic instrument is designed to amplify and project sound.

    So while I am sure mechanically it can be done, I doubt that the end result would be particularly usable.

    But who knows, maybe someone has developed super quiet and stable mini electric motors that can do it.

    Victor Ortega on #145101

    Maria, I’ve been thinking about this myself.

    unknown-user on #145102

    You think that this could be done on an acoustical lever harp?

    barbara-brundage on #145103

    Was Harp Museum rude or just silly? Not sure, myself.

    Anyway, you’d need to think about what the demand for such an instrument would be. The Dilling harp was never especially popular, and there was an attempt made at a harp with a mechanically controlled pedal mechanism a few years ago and that idea was received in the harp world with a resounding silence. Pretty nearly any established harp maker is so busy doing what they do now that it’s pretty difficult to get them interested in new ideas, and the problem for someone starting from scratch is that it would also have to be a pretty darned good instrument to draw market share from the established makers. Not saying it couldn’t be done, but it’s a pretty big problem, one that definitely brings Victor’s “economy of scale” front and center.

    unknown-user on #145104


    Harp M’s

    Victor Ortega on #145105

    Maria and Barbara, I think you’re right–it would probably take a company like Camac (who makes both lever and pedal harps, and who “sticks its neck out” with innovations) to pull off such a harp.

    unknown-user on #145106


    I hope that someone at Camac is reading your posts!

    tony-morosco on #145107

    +++I hope that someone at Camac is reading your posts!

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