So…..for about 10 years I’ve been saving for a pedal harp. I have a few questions I hope to get some opinions about.
Used or new? What are the pros and cons?
If you’re only going to have one pedal harp in your life, is it better to buy new? In some ways, buying used feels like “settling.” But I know there are advantages too.
There aren’t often harps for sale in my area, and the closest showroom for pedal harps (new and used) that I know of, is about a 5 hour drive away. We do travel that direction to see family, but we only get out there once every year or two.
What are your thoughts on buying a harp from an individual across the country and having it shipped? Assuming I can hear it and have a technician look it over, and I feel comfortable that it’s what I want. My concern is bringing it from a humid climate to out here where it’s dry.
I don’t really see myself buying a harp without seeing it in person first, but like I said, there aren’t many harps in my area so it will likely have come from somewhere else. Plus, buying new feels like buying “site unseen” because you’re buying an instrument that isn’t made yet. Unless you go to Chicago and pick one off the showroom floor. Is it more common to order them, or to buy from showrooms after they are made?
What are your thoughts/perspective on buying harps?
I’m just thinking and planning and dreaming of my future harp. Hoping it will come true before another 10 years have passed. I thought it would be fun to hear what other people think.