Thanks so much for your answer, you made my day! I know I’m still “out of tune” and know so little, if nothing, but my ear tells me when it hurts. So I try to get it right. I couldn’t even play “Frere Jacques” when I started so I had to improvise. It sounds right now, but I had to put the music away. My concern is: if I play a new piece of music and my harp is not to be trusted, then what? Am I going to have to improvise and play it by ear? Taking on bad habits until the right harp comes along? Sylvie
Hi Zen, thanks again for your answer. I own a Matrix SR-4000 chromatic tuner. It seems ok to me. I see you recommend a pick up. I don’t have one of those but I read it is a piece you can attach directly to the string so you can tune more accuratly without background sound, is that right?
Actually my question was more about levers. I was reading the piece about Julia Haninger and learned some from it. My problem is not so much tuning but it’s more a lever problem. So as you said I should probably retune a few “accidentals” according to the music. I just don’t trust the levers on my harp. I have tried it with some music I know and it was like, terrible.
Why spend even $900 for an inferior instrument when the same money will buy you something with a 5 year warranty that covers EVERYTHING?
I have repeatedly attempted to contact the distributor of these but have never heard anything back regarding any warranty.
Well, now maybe you know of one person who still plays their Mid-East harp? I have a 22 string version of that harp, and it is holding up fine. I saved up and bought it myself when I was 10 or 11 and I have been playing it for almost 3 years.
Besides the levers, which don’t stay up, it has reasonable sound for the price I got it for. Actually, my harp is a SuperHarp, it doesn’t have any cracks or serious injuries despite being knocked over about once a month by siblings; and even though I play it ALL THE TIME none of the strings have broken and I have never replaced them. I ought to…)
I got mine from a different retailer, and I don’t know, maybe they check for quality. I wouldn’t recommend a larger size to anyone, if I were to get a 34 string harp I would want to get a better quality; but for less than $300 dollars for a brand new beginners harp, it’s not so bad.
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