If you own one or have played one. Please post your comments here.
I have a Stoney End Eve (22 strings) that I bought ten years ago. I
play in an ensemble here in northern Maine which meets weekly and plays
three to four concerts a year. I have only broken one string in ten
years and am just now thinking of changing some strings out because of
loss of sound quality. My teacher (who has three harps by Jay Witcher)
said that it had a sweet tone and great projection for its size.
Friends who have come to our concerts say that they can hear me over
the other harps in the group – all 12 of them! I have always liked its
I also have a friend who has the Lorraine model (in cherry) which is
about 20 years old. It is the first harp I ever played. It has an
incredibly rich sound for its size (I think), although he has had to do
repairs to the
Stoney End Eve you have sounds wonderful, that is really something Liegh. 10 years!! You really got you moneys worth of tone out of those strings. I think you are ready for a new full set of strings, unless you plan on moving up in a bigger harp in the near future. If not, 30 dollars for a new set. I saw the Sara from Stoney End web site. It had the F string that so many like yourelf have requested. Nut mot the high A. After comparing the string gauge to the Lorraine. It has a bit more string tension using a few heavier gauge strings than the Lorraine.. Which I think I would like. If you are getting that much volume out of the Eve.. Look out when you get a bigger body floor model harp.. Have you posted any mp3’s of your playing anywhere? I still not sure what I’m going to get. My eyes are all ways bigger than my wallet..
Everyone here seems real nice. There is alot of us lurking and enjoy what everyone here has to say. As I and others enjoyed what you have to say. Look forward to hearing to what harp you may be considering to get next. Km
Thanks, Ken, I’ll have to check that one out! I have heard of using
sassafras, and I think some of the harps in the UK are sycamore, but I
haven’t heard either one in person. Most of the harps in our ensemble
are maple student harps made by Jay Witcher which sound great, are in
the price range and go from F to A, it is just that they are quite
heavy (harp and case together are 35 pounds). I know that the pedal
harpists on here are probably laughing out loud at that, but I broke my
back as a child and just can’t lift that much.
Kari.. thanks.. How are you using both harps. Like playng out, night bedroom use etc? Which one do you find you play more.. Think it is a good ideal to have a lap and a floor model. Briar Rose, from what I was reading, it has a heaver string tension. it must really put out some bass, How the string tension feel? Ken
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