I’ve read several threads on here about lap harps but haven’t seen a lot of comments about Stoney End. I play the Stoney End Briar Rose, 29 strings. I’ve been taking lessons for about a year and a half and I would like to purchase a lap harp for portability. I travel a lot and my lessons are 3 hours away, so hauling even the Briar Rose is a real pain. It’s not heavy really but extremely awkward.
I like my Briar Rose because the tension isn’t too hard and isn’t too soft. I played a L&H Troubadour (rental) and it had higher tension (and sounded better!) but the Briar Rose does the trick for me right now.
I am considering either the Stoney End Brittany or the Triplett Zephyr or Christina. Anyone have any thoughts ? I wanted to do the rent to own option and both have a great program. The Stoney End harp is identical in looks, string spacing and tension to my current harp, which is good and bad. Good because going back and forth will be easier. Bad because I sort of wanted something a little different for variety. And, I read somewhere that the Brittany is heavy for being a small harp, which defeats the purpose of wanting something very portable. I think it’s listed as 10 lbs.
The zephyr looks lovely, but there aren’t a lot of videos demonstrating how it sounds. Also, I read it has closer spaced strings and relatively high tension. I’m a bit worried it would be a lot harder to go back and forth.
I love the look and sound of the Christina but it’s pretty large for a lap harp. It’s only 4 strings less than my floor harp so I wondered if it was difficult to maneuver and cumbersome?
Any suggestions/ideas are appreciated! I like the sound to be less bright and more mellow, medium tension… Definitely don’t like low tension, and of course being a good looking harp helps too! I thought about a Harpsicle also but they are a bit bright sounding for my taste. Plus, no rent to own.