I have some construction question, which perharps more experienced people here can answer.
There is a lack of written materials on harp construction (especially pedal harps) and even basic dimensions and splits are not widely spoken of.
My question is about at what angle strings arrive to the soundboard on pedal harp? I know it is between 58-60 degrees on most folk harps.
However, with pedal harps I see that some make their post (or columnpillar) more angled, which results in one strings angle. It is Camac, Lyon& Healy, etc. While others (Venus harps in particular, ancient Morley harps, some Erard models) keep the post angle almost straight, perpendicular to the base plate. This angle effects the angle of strings at the soundboard as well.
Can someone explain me the difference between angled and straight column and what is the golden standard of strings angle on pedal harps? How it effects playability?
Looking forward to your replies. Thank you.