I am considering buying a pedal harp and looking for some tips and things to consider. I live in Western Canada and have been playing and studying the harp for 9 years. I am 65 years old and almost 6 feet tall, but not particularly strong due to some arthritis.
My current harp is a Prelude 40,which I love. I love playing my teachers LH Style 11 which is infrequent but a thrill even though it is also a bit intimidating because of its size. I am feeling a little anxious about all the choices and not sure if I am a little crazy to be buying a pedal harp at my age. I am a strong intermediate player but it does take me quite a long time to perfect a piece compared to a young player.
I am going to Lyon and Healy’s event in Portland in a couple of weeks and hoping they are bringing harps to try. The price of a new harp is especially daunting as the Canadian dollar is low compared to US dollars. My preference is a new harp as repairs would be complicated given where I live. There is a certified LH technician who has regulated my Prelude every 3 years but he has to travel all the way from Idaho to BC. I don’t know if there are size considerations, different brands, tone between brands etc. I am sensitive to good sound and have completely restrung my harp twice in the past 3 years and notice what a huge difference it makes.
This post is a bit rambling but I would appreciate any advice. All comments are welcome.