I am wondering what kind of harp I should get. There is a ocean of different harps and its difficult to understand. I have seen harps which are the same type of harp but with different amounts of strings. Why? Why not set a standard for the amount of strings?
Anyways. I play the piano and I am mostly playing renaissance music. And as for the piano thats what I wanna play on the harp too. What kind of harp do I need? What kind of composers will I be playing? On the piano I play William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons for example. How many strings should there be and do I need a harp with levers to make them chromatic when playing so early music?
Hi Lars, welcome to the world of harp! I will try to answer some of your questions, though I know there are many others here who will also have input–and better than mine! 🙂
Different harps have different numbers of strings for several reasons: size, sound, cost, style of music played, etc. Some people want a small, portable harp to take anywhere they go. Others want a large floor harp for folk music. Still others want a large pedal harp for complex classical music. All of these have different strengths, uses, and costs.