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    HBrock25 on #161387

    Since I’ve decided to start learning the harp, I’ve decided on getting the Ravenna 26. My question is whether I really need to buy the levers with the harp or not, since getting the levers would raise the price a lot (I have a very limited budget). I know I can always add the levers later for the Ravenna, but is that process hard? Also, I’ve read different opinions on the loveland levers, so I’m not sure if I should get it with the harp. Any advice? Thanks!

    Participant
    Audrey Nickel on #161388

    If you possibly can, I’d get C and F levers right off.

    Participant
    renate-kvalsvik on #161389

    If possible I would also get the B levers, as many Celtic and Irish folk songs feature B flat.

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    barbara-brundage on #161390

    While I don’t love loveland levers for the most part, they work very well on the dustys. I wouldn’t be concerned about them for use on the Ravenna–they’re just fine. It’s on gut and higher tensioned harps where their performance is lackluster.

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    Michaela Braveman on #161391

    Hi Jenny,
    Have you at all considered other harp makers?

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    Michaela Braveman on #161392

    …. opps, I pushed th “Post” button too soon!

    I encourage you to consider other harp makers and compare them to Dusty Strings. Both Lewis Creek Instruments and Heartland Harps make smaller harp models, which are far superior to Dusty Strings harps in both tone and craftsmanship. In my opinion, you simply cannot compare them to Dusty, who are mass-manufactured. Loveland levers are pretty much out of date these days…, they are made out of plastic and break easily. Most harp makers will not install them anymore (they use Truitts or Camac levers instead). To me, the fact that Dusty is still installing these levers, is a sign that they have not caught up with the times, so why throw your money at something that is out of date?

    Michaela

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    Audrey Nickel on #161393

    What’s wrong with the Ravenna?

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    barbara-brundage on #161394

    I agree. The other makers also make good harps, but I wouldn’t say that in that price range they are “superior”, just different.

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    Audrey Nickel on #161395

    I don’t think that either of those makers make a starter harp in the price range of the Ravenna 26.

    Jenny, I’ve had several professionals play my Ravenna, and they’ve all been impressed by the outstanding tone and overall quality.

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    Audrey Nickel on #161396

    Oh, and I’ve yet to break a lever either.

    Audrey

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    Audrey Nickel on #161397

    Jesus, Mary, Joseph!

    Participant
    Audrey Nickel on #161398

    Lewis Creek’s closest harp to the Ravenna is $1350 with C and F levers, and is a lightly strung therapy harp.

    Member
    jennifer-buehler on #161399

    If you’re teacher is flexible, you should be able to work without levers for a while.

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    Michaela Braveman on #161400

    As the saying goes, Audrey, you get what you pay for!

    Take the time to play and compare the various harps and you will hear and feel the difference yourself. It all depends on what you’re looking for. I’ve known quite a few people who started out with Dusty harps just to trade them in a year or two later and ended up paying more in the long run.

    If someone is starting out on a budget, I would recommend renting a harp until you can afford buying a quality instrument that will last you a life time.

    That is the advice I was given when I started out and it has served me well. Of course, we are all entitled to our personal opinions!

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    jennifer-buehler on #161401

    Also, a word on the quality of Loveland levers.

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