Found one of these online “mint condition” for less than a third of new retail- with levers on C’s and F’s.
Can’t wait to compare it to my ancient Pixie 19 w/o ANY levers.
Anyway, I was going to go Paki Roosbeck for more strings and sharpeners until this came along, or maybe a bit less for a 22 string.
What I’m wondering, until I can compare and do more research, is if anyone can give me a basic primer about harp soundboards and boxes?
Are there any basic rules to follow? It seems in my limited research that maybe a good hardwood is best as a soundboard ??? Birch seems to be a better choice than a plywood- as is the board on most Roosebeck ???
The soundboard is my biggest concern with Paki harps- mine seems a little heavy and dull somehow, and if you ever searched ebay for parts, you’d see a lot of replacement soundboards for sale there.
I’m not that happy with the Pixie as the soundboard has signs of visible bulge these days- well, I’ve only had it about 12 years or so! Has anyone ever replaced a Paki soundboard with a better one of their own making? and if so – what material?
I’m hoping the Stoney End will be brighter- with a birch board, after seeing several vids of one on youtube. My avatar is in fact the harp coming.
What about sound boxes? Are there any agreed upon really basic principles? I think maybe the box on the Pixie is just a bit heavy- Does this mute the sound? Do the same principles of a guitar box seem to transfer to harp?
Do lighter woods on the boxes give greater resonance? And what about the shape? Any advantage to rounded contours or does sheer volume have greater influence. Always curious about such things, and I’m an instrument freak of sorts I guess. “player of many instruments- master of none!”
Oh well- I started playing in my late 30’s and don’t mind being an intermediate on several instruments, but sometimes DO feel spread a bit thin as to practice time and focus.
I’m afraid I haven’t gotten far on harp in the dozen years I’ve owned the Pixie 19, but now with youtube and a better instrument, I hope to make some gains.