I’m in pretty good shape, do the weight thing and exercise, weigh 127 lbs, SO . . . why can’t I haul on this harp by myself!?
I think in an emergency I could just barely handle my 85P but I truthfully wouldn’t want to try it. I also have the advantage of a really good loading vehicle and a tricky cart that was designed by my husband.
We usually move the harp together. I also have NO IDEA how it will work when we have to transport the Wurlitzer, which is no too much heavier but a few inches taller.
Maybe it’s like the frog in the hot water- when the water is heated by just a degree or two an hour, the frog will happily sit there ’till he’s soup.
So maybe if you grow up hauling a harp, you just gradually get used to it and don’t mind the schlepping.
Still looking forward to a lighter pedal harp that sounds as good as a heavy one!
Harps are not the same as dead weight because shape and weight effect center of gravity. When we start picking them up and moving around it effects our own center of gravity, especially as our angles change on stairs. Muscling through is one way to deal with this everyday challenge but maybe some one out there with experience in ergonomics has some clever ideas. There are many of us 50+ encountering this problem. I’ve noticed people who use a type of moving strap with heavy or oddly shaped items but this requires two people…
I dont think that it is that easy and I deal with a relatively light Camac Atlantide stuck onto the spike on its own trolley leaving me quite free – possibly because I came to it in my 40s but I am fit too and have done Olympic distance triathlons.
Kay, Carl Swanson, with text and many pictures, has six pages of advice on how to carry and how to transport a pedal harp, in his book: A Guide For Harpists: Care, Maintenance, and Repair of the Pedal Harp. My copy is copyright 1984, published by Boston Editions, P.O. Box 1086, Boston Massachusetts 02146.
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