My 11 year old daughter is ready to move up to a pedal harp. We are very limited by budget so I’ve narrowed it down to an L&H Chicago Petite 40, Salvi Daphne 40, and Camac Clio 44. We’ll either go used or take advantage of the bounty program with L&H.
Given everything I’ve read on many of the helpful threads here, it seems the conventional advice is to buy the best harp you can for the money. My daughter is a bit on the tall side for her age, so I would hate for her to grow out of one these student harps and then not be in the position to get a larger instrument. In our price range, I know a few older, but slightly larger harps might be attainable as well. Her teacher advised against an older harp, but I’m not sure we would be in the position to move up to a larger harp should that situation arise. Moving up to a modest student pedal harp is a stretch even now. So I am curious what are the pros and cons I should think about in considering an older harp vs going with a new or newer student harp?