First of all, I’ve been renting a Tripplet 30 string harp for the last couple months and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve played many instruments and this one is by far the most enjoyable right from the get-go. As I’ve progressed in my lessons, I’ve been realizing it might be time to look into purchasing my own harp with more strings (34 minimum). I was hoping some of you would have some advice for me.
I’m not planning on moving the harp very much so mobility isn’t a huge priority either.
I’m not planning on playing pedal harps in the future, So having similar tension and string spacing for easy transition isn’t a priority. So Lyon and Heal might not be the best choice, maybe? I’m not sure what everyone means by this specifically.
I’m a little confused on why many harps use a birch laminate or any laminate for the sound board (like the lower quality Dusty Strings). Wouldn’t this produce a poor sound or am I off? I’m very attracted to the warm tones of Cherry and Mahogany, but obviously, I would like any sort of solid wood sound board.
My teacher swears by Tripplet harps, but they seem so expensive and I can’t find a used one anywhere. (Probably a good sign.) This is also what I’ve been playing and I enjoy the sound of the solid wood.
I apparently have expensive taste, but I’m hoping to not pay over $3,000…
Thanks for any advice!