Hi I’m a newbie and I’m looking to rent a harp for at least 3 months before buying. I know nothing about the sound/quality/longevity of the different makes and although I’ve listened to some being played on youtube etc. it’s very hard to work out what would be best for me. I’ve had various makes recommended (by two professional harpists and a beginner), but feel utterly confused and would appreciate advice from anyone who has played or owned these makes:
Telynau Teifi Gwennol or Eos
Camac Hermine, Melusine, Cambria, Korrigan, Stivell
Lyon and Healy Troubadour
Salvi Prima 34 (or a more professional model)
Triplett signature 36
I want at least 34 strings and my musical tastes are very broad so I hope to play a mixture of traditional songs (Celtic-style pieces and early music), modern ‘chart’ (easy listening kind of things), hymns, and possibly some classical pieces. I’m going to have lessons to start me off, I’m 5 foot 5 inches tall and will be an adult learner.
I’m based in the UK and hope to attend a harp festival to see some of
the brands mentioned later this month, but the Troubador and Triplett
models won’t be there.
Any advice about type of strings (nylon or gut), levers etc. would be most welcome, but especially opinions on the makes mentioned above. Thank you.