Hello! I am a new harp parent to my 11 year old. She has been playing for one month and we are currently renting a lever harp from her instructor. My daughter LOVES it so far and will practice for 1-2 hours each day without prompting. She is working on the piece that her teacher has given her, but has started figuring out (without music) other songs such as church songs, Christmas songs and a popular song or two that she really likes.
I’m wondering how long we should wait before considering purchasing her her own instrument. There is a used L&H Troubadour VI that is available for purchase about an hour away and my daughter’s instructor said that from her understanding, the instrument is in great shape (third hand information given to the instructor by one of her older students that went to look at it). I’m not sure if I should even consider a used harp (newbie here) or just buy new. If she sticks with it and she eventually moves over to a pedal harp, will she want/need a lever harp? Is this a purchase that she will be able to continue to use?
What else should I be asking as a new harp parent? I was a music major in college (20+ years ago), but I was a brass player (tuba) and didn’t have to deal with strings and wood and harp stuff…
Thanks in advance and I look forward to “meeting” and learning from everyone!
Mariah P. LeBlanc