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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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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