I purchased a new harp (Camac Athena) about 6 or 7 weeks ago (and I love it!!!!!!) and the pedals feel nice, but are not as loose and easy to move as older well played harps of the same model. My teacher said that is normal for the pedals of a new harp to be stiffer than an older one.
My question for you all is how long would you say it takes for those pedals to break in? I practice 2 hours daily at the moment. And it is worth me saying that the pedals are not hard to move and feel pretty nice as they are, just not as smooth and easy to move as the harp I take lessons on (same model MUCH older).