What do xou think of Venusharps?
What a kind, gentle, and reasoned response from Ms. Krasicki.
I am committed to Lyon & Healy harps as an artist because of their sound and quality over the years, despite problems with their service at times. I only wish Venus could figure out how to make their harps as beautiful sounding and looking. I would love to be able to buy their harps. I think they may attract some derision only because they are seen to be of lower quality. I wish that weren’t true. I have heard some very good Venus harps. When I tried one at the Conference, I was immediately struck by the poor tone quality and the hostile comment of the salesman before I had the chance to say anything nice about it. I have heard very negative things about the construction of some of the other brands, and none of us need to buy harps that won’t hold up with use. I think we all want them all to do excellent work, it is to our benefit. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be possible. It takes a lot of investment and genius to make a great harp, it seems.
It is always important to compare harps in the same acoustic environment to have an accurate comparison. I think it is absolutely true that very few non harpists can tell the difference between makes. I’m sorry to hear that some brands are criticized in an exaggerated manner. It is a waste of time and not accurate to describe a harp as “a cigar box with rubberbands”, etc. I have a number of friends in Ron Price’s Healing Harps with Venus Harps and their harps have an dark timbre that I find interesting. I saw a performance of Vangelis’ Mythodea on PBS and noticed that every harp in the orchestra (there were at least four) was a Venus Harp. The piece was written to commemorate NASA’s mission to Mars. I wondered if choice of harp was deliberate or an amazing coincidence.
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