I’m looking to get into harpistry, and after doing a lot of online research (sadly, I can’t really try or listen to many harps in person), I’ve narrowed my choices down to the Teifi Siff Saff and the Salvi Una. Due to the costs of shipping the Siff Saff to the U.S. and the current discount on Salvi harps, the prices are very comparable.
So does anyone have any advice or experience regarding the comparison between these two harps?
So far my Pros and Cons are as follows:
Siff Saff –
-Has the most beautiful warmth and rich sound of harps in it’s class and price range as far as I can tell (all Teifi models seem to be this way).
-Simple, but beautiful design.
-Teifi semitone levers which seem to win high praise
-After shipping, comes in at about $3,400, much higher than the base price in the UK and Wales
-Student model and 34 strings (still a lot, but less than the Una).
Salvi Una –
-Well rounded and even tone. Sounds great, though not exceptional, in all ranges
-15% discount, putting it around $3,350.
-Professional model with 38 strings
-Not a Teifi :'(
-Levers don’t seem come with the same high praise that Teifi enjoys
So any thoughts are appreciated. My overall conclusion is that, while I love the Siff Saff, it just isn’t quite in the same class and I get a little more for my dollar with the Una, but could I be wrong?
Keep also in mind that I know I’m a beginner, so either of these harps are more than enough, but my general philosophy when hard diving into something new like this is to purchase good quality equipment or instruments if I can afford since the decision will impact me for a long time, and I also have a solid backup plan for the harp if I happen not to enjoy it very much.
Thanks for reading, all thoughts are greatly appreciated.