Greetings Harp Column community. I am considering a used Troubadour IV lever harp as an anniversary present for my wife. We have a full sized L&H pedal harp that she has owned for over thirty years but hasn’t played in at least ten years. She has expressed an interest in starting to play again but wants to try a lever harp.
I am looking for any guidance on what to look for when purchasing a used harp. I don’t play harp but I do play guitar and several other instruments. I have purchased many used instruments over the years but never a harp. I plan to check each lever for functionality and corrosion as well as accurate pitch when engaging and releasing the levers. I plan to check the wood for any cracks, swelling or damage. The harp appears to be in great condition in the photos and from what I can tell the $2900 price tag seems reasonable.
I would also be interested in any information on the changes made to the Troubadour from between models numbers. I know they are on version VI of the Troubadour now. I plan to call L&H today and they can probably help with that. I know they upgraded the levers from the original model but I’m not sure when.
I understand that the Troubadour has similar sound and string spacing to a pedal harp and is less of a folk harp sound which is fine. Any guidance will be much appreciated.