Recently had a chance to see a Lyon & Healy style 12 and a style 14 in the flesh, so to speak, and was charmed by both of them. It reawakened distant dreams of playing a pedal harp one day. Unfortunately, I’ve been out of work for a good long time, so I guess it’ll remain a dream.
The style 12 is a fraction over 62″ high and weighs only 45 lbs. That is just slightly shorter than my Troubadour I and 5 lbs less (but 3″ taller) than a Pilgrim Progress pedal harp. No, it is not available. It was recently donated to the local harp museum here. (I may get a chance to play it down the road, though.) It is gilded and has 41 strings. The style 14, somewhat larger and heavier, has 43 strings. It is also gilded, and the carving is very unusual–very restrained, in a way that makes it stand out. It is privately owned and recently acquired by its proud owner.
Other really small pedal harps I’ve seen: the Progress, of course. A very small double-action Erard in the Musical Instrument Museum in Vienna. A small Tyrolean single-action, unfortunately with only five pedals. I got to play the PP & the Tyrolean and liked both of them.
I’m smitten with these small harps. (I also like small cars and small horses.) Some of them are fairly old and have a lighter tension than today’s harps. They seem to be just the right size; I would find the later Troubadours, which are 3″ taller than mine, less comfortable to deal with. OTOH I finally got to try a Merlin and found it disconcertingly short, though I could still play it from a regular chair. (Yes, all that you folks have been saying about the wonderful bass is true; and I like Camac levers a lot better than Loveland; and the fluorocarbon strings feel weird, at least at first.)
I’d love to hear from people who have unusually small pedal harps. How and why you acquired them, how old they are and what you think of them. It is not all that easy to find information about these models on the web.