I’m a brand new harper and have been renting an Lyon & Healy Ogden for two months. I’ve been taking regular lessons and am obsessed with the harp. I’d like to buy a harp, but am concerned the Ogden might not be loud enough. My dream is to play outdoors and in public traditional renaissance and celtic music. I’m in love with the following harps:
Blevin Meadowwind 36
Blevin Amadeus 38
Blevin Riversong 36
Marini Made Ultra Lite (34 strings)
I don’t have the opportunity/budget to travel and visit these shops in person so I appreciate your insight. My budget for a harp is no more than $3,750. With that said, I have a few questions for you experts.
1) Do you think the Ogden has a full voice or could I find a louder harp at a similar string count?
2) Are flat back harps really truly uncomfortable or does it not make a difference?
3) With this first harp what is mandatory to ensure the longevity of my purchase? Sitka spruce soundboard, Truitt pickups, etc?
4) Recommendations for a harp with a mmellow sound like the Ogden but a fuller voice?