I’m hoping for feedback from anyone who owns or has tried a Rees Aberdeen harp and who also has experience playing different types of harps. I don’t live in an area where I can try the Aberdeen in person.
I own a Merlin (R-Harps) which has very light string tension and narrower spacing. And I own a Venus Pedal harp with Very Tight tension and wide spacing. Each of these extremes has Amazing advantages as well as difficulties for me personally. As I have progressed into more advanced music and have worked on my pedal harp technique, my technique begins to create issues on my Merlin Harp. So each of these harps should really be approached very differently and with different repertoire. I fully understand that.
But I’m selling Merlin and seeking something in the middle: A lever harp with medium tension that can handle more complex music (without sounding muddy) and can handle “fingers closing into the palm” without sounding harsh. Could the Rees Aberdeen fit this description perhaps? Is it a fairly clear and articulate harp? And how does the string tension and spacing of the Aberdeen compare to the average Pedal Harp?