After many months of waiting, I am looking forward to attending the Somerset Folk Harp Festival soon! I do not live near any center where I can try out a variety of harps, and can’t drive to one (no car, don’t drive). So I have been saving up and doing my research, and am now anticipating the purchase of my first floor harp. I have several in mind that I would very much like input about before I go. That said, the following information about me is pertinent to my purchasing decision:
I have a non-levered lap harp which I took about 4 months of lessons on 3 years ago, but which needs repair, and have not played since.
I am middle-aged, and have had occasional joint problems.
I am primarily interested in playing folk, pop, Celtic and classical music.
I will be playing primarily for my own and my family’s enjoyment. If I eventually become good enough, I do not anticipate playing professionally in anything but small local venues.
My price range is approx. $2,500-$3,000, fully levered.
The harps I am considering are:
Dusty Strings Ravenna 34
Dusty Strings Crescendo
Thormahlen Serenade (nylon strings)
I realize that the last two are over my limit, as are the Musicmaker’s Regency and Camac Melusine, which I also considered if I were to spend that much. But I am hoping that perhaps vendors are willing to bargain a little! I also realize that there is no substitute for seeing and hearing things in person, which is why I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy online.
I would be grateful for any information people can give me to help me make this important decision.