single and multiple harp owners

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    deb-l on #158366

    Just curious how many people have only one harp, are happy with it and not thinking of trading up or getting an additional harp at some point.

    harpglo-jean on #158367

    What I like best about my individual harps is their difference in tone and sustain…My favorite harp, if I had to pick one, is by far the walnut Dusty Strings 36S..It has, to my ears, the most absolutely brilliant tone for a variety of different music, from Celtic to Classical.

    tony-morosco on #158368

    I like my different harps because, well, they are different.



    Electric Lever

    They each have their place in my musical tool box.


    jessica-wolff on #158369

    I have only one harp in playing order and it has a decent tone, a Lyon & Healy Troubadour I. If I had my druthers, though, I might well go for something else. I play classical and folk. The other harp, an Erard ram’s-head single-action, inspires me. It lifts my heart every time I look at it.

    deb-l on #158370

    Gloria, DS works for classical?

    kay-lister on #158371

    I have a Thormahlen Swan 36 lever and a L&H 85E

    harpglo-jean on #158372

    Yes it does…Check this YouTube video out by Paula Smith, she’s playing Vissi D’arte (Puccini) on a Dusty 36B (try to ignore the sales pitch, she’s a rep. for Morley Harps)….

    Jerusha Amado on #158373

    I have a DS 36 (maple but with a warm, projecting tone–very much a
    professional grade lever harp) and it works for classical.

    holly-kemble on #158374

    I have a Rees Aberdeen Meadows that I really love. Rich, warm tone, wonderful sustain. I play it in the Celtic Harp group I perform with.

    I also have a 26 string Irish Harp built by Craig Pierpont of Another Era Lutherie in Kentucky. It is for travel and I hope to play in hospitdals and hospice. It has a retractable cello peg that lets me sit and play, and also pegs for a guitar strap to play while standing. For a little harp, it has a big tone.

    I can’t imagine not having both.

    I covet a Lyon and Healy 23 or 30 pedal harp. We’ll see….I’ll have to rearrange my furniture to make room!

    deb-l on #158375

    Gloria, you’re right classical sounds very rich on a Dusty FH36.

    deb-l on #158376

    Seems almost everyone has a pedal harp as their favorite or hopes to have one someday.

    michael-rockowitz on #158377


    I don’t own a pedal harp, and don’t wish to.

    deb-l on #158378

    that’s a fantastic video.

    Karen Johns on #158379

    I’m with Michael- don’t own a pedal harp, and don’t EVER want one. They just don’t suit me, and I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Frankly, I don’t even like the way they look. But that is just me, and everyone has different tastes.

    I have three harps, and love each one. My wire-strung Limerick and

    sherry-lenox on #158380

    My ebony 85P was a great buy off the L&H CPO list.

    Being a little “seasoned” myself, I have no objection to a used instrument in excellent shape, and that’s what the 85P was. I won’t bother to get into the economics, but it was far less expensive than even the very economical Chicago.

    You have to keep your eyes open and be ready to jump!

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