I have played a concert grand sized pedal harp for several years, and am now thinking of buying a smaller, more portable harp. Right now, I am considering the Dusty Strings Ravenna 26/Allegro 26/FH26, as well as the Christina Triplett. I don’t want to spend more money than is necessary, but also want to find a great harp. I would love to read other people’s assessments about the various choices and how much better the more expensive harps are.
I am a pedal harpist too and I have played my friend’s Ravenna 34 (in multiple 3-hour afternoon rehearsal sessions) and I own a Triplett Christina. I’ve also practiced on a Ravenna 26 for a week in Alaska before a church service performance.
My experience has been that I consistently had trouble “over-playing” (plucking too hard) on both of the Ravenna’s. The tension on the Triplett Christina is a little tighter and I don’t ever have that problem. I switch back and forth between my pedal harp, a Triplett Catalina and my Triplett Christina multiple times a day in practice sessions and my work as a healing musician, so I’m used to playing different harps. My personal preference is that I would never buy a Ravenna for myself unless I completely quite playing my pedal harp.
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I too own a Nightingale and have nothing but good things to say about it! They are wonderful harps, lightweight and very portable, the sound is incredible and they look very beautiful too. They are definitely more expensive than the small Dusty harps, but, in my opinion, the Nightingale is also a much better instrument, in addition to being lighter and more portable. The Nightingale is the only lap harp I know with 27 strings. I’d suggest getting it with full Truitt levers and a matching knee bone. Jeff Lewis is a wonderful craftsmans and is great to deal with. He will also send you soundclips or match you up with somebody in your area who has one, so you can go and play it yourself. Good luck!
I’m with Laura! I’ve played a L&H Style 85GP for the past few years and also wanted a more portable harp. I got my Webster McFall harp in November. There is very little difference in playing the Webster and L&H. I can switch between the two with no trouble at all! In fact, the Webster McFall has more volume than the L&H and a clear, full tone.
Hi there, I play pedal, but have a Dusty Allegro, and I have a Triplett Zephyr, both of which I love. I have no trouble switching back and forth between them. Within a couple of minutes, I adjust. My Allegro has a nice, resonant sound, and I love the legs, which make it much easier to play than using a lap bar. And the bag has a compartment for the legs, making everything nice and tidy. I take my Zephyr when I travel overseas. It is great, but of course the range is very limited, and the strings are quite close together, so it takes a little bit to adjust to, but again, not to long. Good luck on your quest!
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