Hi, everyone…I was checking out the “Harplust List” and
InactiveAnonymous on January 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm #72534
I’ve been borrowing my mom’s Pratt Chamber harp (36 strings with Loveland levers).InactiveAnonymous on January 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm #72536
The one caveat is that the Chamber harp is much heavier than other lever harps, so it’s less fun to cart around, but what a sound!
I have a Pratt Chamber Harp (got is Sept. ’10) and a Dusty Strings FH-32. Love them both and they are quite different. I play my Pratt 90% of the time and the Dusty 10%. I far prefer the sound and the tension of my Chamber Harp. It is a wonderful instrument and incredibly well made. I have a picture by picture documentation of the creation of my harp….amazing they only cost $5300 when you see what goes into making them. John Pratt is a lovely human being and a stellar craftsman. The only downside would be that he is quite busy so sometimes it can take a while before he replies to e-mails but his communications are clear and descriptive so well worth the wait.
My Pratt weighs about 50 lbs, my Dusty is about 29 lbs. Mostly I play at home so it really does not matter. The one or two times a year I take it out to a recital with my teacher and other students, there is someone to help me take it there and bring it back so no big deal. Still a lot easier than helping my friend move her L&H 100 pedal harp that is for sure!
Lastly, Pratt harps have Camac levers on them……I love them….they are like “butter”! Dusty STrings uses Loveland and I’m not sure why because they are significantly beneath the Camacs and Dusty STrings makes wonderful harps–not sure why they settle for the Loveland levers.
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