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  • #108467
    Maria Myers
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    What is your favorite harp among the ones that you own?

    #108468
    carl-swanson
    Participant

    I own somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 harps, many of which I rent out. A few are antiques, one is a Pleyel Chromatic harp that I still have to decide what I’m going to do with. But the one that I would never sell is my Lyon & Healy number 300, built somewhere around 1898 and which I completely rebuilt for myself about 23 years ago. It’s one of those with a little bust of Wagner on the column, and it’s a 45 string instrument with an extended board. That’s the one I keep for myself and on which I have given many recitals. I love the clear sound, but also the fact that there is so much space in the first octave for my right hand(which I put there when I built the new neck). There are pieces that I play that I can only play on that instrument, because of the space in the first octave. Also, the pedals are light as a feather, much like the Erards.

    #108469
    Maria Myers
    Participant

    It sounds wonderful, Carl!

    I rent a lever harp.

    #108470
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Hi, Maria.

    #108471
    Maria Myers
    Participant

    Gee, that Cithara sounds beautiful!

    #108472
    tony-morosco
    Member

    It would really depend. I have one pedal harp and three lever harps currently.

    I really use the pedal harp most so if I really had to get rid of all but one I would keep that one. However, if it were a matter of just swapping out harps I could see myself swapping my current pedal harp for another. I would keep my Lyon and Healy Folk harp so long as I had a decent pedal harp as well. I wouldn’t want to part with it. I have had it for a long time. It’s traveled with me, and at one time was my only

    #108473
    renate-kvalsvik
    Participant

    Oh my, the Cithara sounds like an incredibly beautiful harp. Do you have a picture of it?

    #108474
    kay-lister
    Member

    I have two, the Thormahlen Swan and the L&H 85E Concertino.

    #108475
    Maria Myers
    Participant

    Carl,

    Actually, I thought you would say that the one harp you wouldn’t part with was the 1892 Erard French Gothique.

    #108476
    carl-swanson
    Participant

    Well you’re probably right on that one too. But if I had to choose one, and I could find a good home for the Erard-someone who knew how to take care of it properly and understood the necessity for that- I would probably sell the Erard. But we’re talking hypothetical here. In reality, I probably won’t sell either.

    #108477
    Karen Johns
    Participant

    I currently have two harps, a Musicmaker Voyageur & a wire-strung Limerick. Wouldn’t part with either, they are part of my family.

    Karen

    #108478
    william-weber
    Participant

    You have a Pleyel Chromatic? That’s 7/5 cross-strung, isn’t it? What condition is it in?

    #108479
    carl-swanson
    Participant

    It’s in excellent condition. It just needs a new set of strings.

    #108480
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Yes, the Sandpiper Cithara Nova has an unveneered soundboard.

    #108481
    Maria Myers
    Participant

    Hi Kathy,

    What type of wood does it have?

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