I’d like to point out that the term lever harp simply means a harp that has levers instead of the pedal action mechanism. L&H and Salvi lever harps ARE “real” lever harps in any sense of the word. Now it is true that lever harps may have a wide range of voice, resonance,
Sidney, my apologies if I misinterpreted what you meant. As someone who writes professionally for a living, I tend to interpret the written word literally. When you said “lever harp” and referred to how a lever harp should sound, I didn’t realize you strictly meant folk harps and folk harp sound. I agreed with you in my first post that the Prelude and Troubadour don’t have a celtic or folk sound. But I do still feel that those concert tension and sounding lever harps are not just for those starting out until you can switch to pedal as many of our regular posters demonstrate.
Sidney, I find it strange that you conflate the two names Salvi and Lyon&Healy around a virgule, as if they were secret twins or something. Salvi is the choice of Orla Fallon, Cormac Debarra, and Moya Brennan, all of them well-known Celtic harp players.