Time for a harpmobile!

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    unknown-user on #107856

    Hey everyone,

    The Honda minivan finally broke down pretty badly today (with the harp in the car!!) after 200000 miles. Looks like its time

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    unknown-user on #107857

    BTW I have a L&H 23, if that makes a difference.

    ~Sam

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    kathy-chanik on #107858

    Hey Sam, congratulations on coming in second in the Young Artist competition.

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    vince-pierce on #107859

    I definitely read 2 million miles before I counted the zeros…I was thinking, ‘only a Honda could do that…’ But maybe a Dodge Caravan would work? I think I know a few harpists that own one. Wish I could be more helpful, and better at math.

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    laura-palmieri on #107860

    I’m not sure if you want foreign or American but I have been looking at Kia’s minivan’s and SUV’s. They are cheaper and they have a good warranty if that’s a factor. Or my harp teacher loves her new Ford Taurus X model and it fits the harp nicely.

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    Calista Anne Koch on #107861

    I’m searching right now too.

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    unknown-user on #107862

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks a lot! What about a Subaru Forester? Or a Toyota Sienna? Has any one column loaded a 23 (74″ tall) successfully in either of these minivans? BTW any information about non-column loading won’t suffice – I have to column load.

    ~Sam

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    rod-c on #107863

    Sam:

    There was a great article a couple of years ago in the printed version of Harpcolumn about the best harpmobiles. Also, there have been many good posts here.

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    rod-c on #107864

    Sam:

    A good friend of mine (professional harpist) has a Toyota Sienna (LH 85…almost as big as a 23). She always column loads.

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    sherry-lenox on #107865

    I don’t think the Subaru is large enough and it does have an edge that can be difficult to get over when the door meets the body of the car.

    As I suppose everyone already knows, we LOVE our Ford Flex and it is great for loading, and the Ford Taurus X is approximately the same body size but since they’re not making them anymore, if you can find one and it works for you, you’ll probably get a good price. As

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    sherry-lenox on #107866

    (sorry pushed the wrong button) as to column loading, I don’t think you’d make it in either Ford, but I’ve never tried it.

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    shelby-m on #107867

    I’m really new to the harp scene (don’t even HAVE my harp yet) and I was just wondering what “column loading” is…

    On another note, my mom has a Dodge Caliber and that might work nicely if you’re looking for a car to tote your harp in.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #107868

    I always thought an old ambulance or hearse would be cool.

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    bill-grant on #107869

    Hey Sam

    We just got ( after the Dodge Ram Van 1500 died) a Buick Terraza ( former lease, had 45 K on it. It works great, lots of room, great ride.

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    unknown-user on #107870

    Hey Bill,

    I had no idea you were on here! We actually realized that I don’t cart the harp back and forth between school much (maybe once every 6 weeks) and so we decided that we will rent when we need to move the harp. We got a Toyota

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