Weird question

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  • Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #159483

    Hi everyone, I’m new here. I received my first real harp yesterday. A L&H Troubador.. it’s beautiful I love it!!

    Anyway, here’s my question.

    Is there any special way I should be carrying/moving my harp? When I am not playing it, I keep the dust cover on it and have it tucked away in a corner safe and sound. However, when it’s time to play, I grab it by the column and one of the soundbox holes and shimmy it out from the corner. Is this no good? Is there a better way to move my harp around?

    It’s too heavy… I’m so happy I didn’t get a Prelude.

    Participant
    Liam M on #159484

    It only weighs about 40 lb. or so?

    Member
    Samantha E. on #159485

    It does, but my room is carpeted so I can’t slide it around. I have to pick it up and carry it, and I want to know the “right” way to carry it.

    Participant
    renate-kvalsvik on #159486

    That’s how I carry mine, too. I think this is a fine way of carrying it, though I’ve never asked anyone about it. I can’t see any other way of carrying it that would be better..?

    Member
    tony-morosco on #159487

    How you are carrying it is fine. Just remember to wipe the areas you hold it by with a soft cloth when you are done to avoid a build up of oil and grime from your hands. Even if you wash your hands before you touch it you will be surprised to see that after a while you can clearly see where you regularly touch the harp.

    But one hand in the sound hole and one on the column is how I have always moved my harps and I have never had any trouble.

    Participant
    Audrey Nickel on #159488

    Just thought I’d chime in and add that this is exactly the method Laurie Riley recommends in her “The Harper’s Handbook” for carrying a harp that is too big to be picked up by the pillar (which is going to be most harps other than lap harps).

    Participant
    Zen Sojourner on #159489

    40 lbs is way too heavy for me.

    Participant
    V. B. on #159490

    I carry it the same way too.

    Participant
    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #159491

    You need to lift weights to play any harp, it seems! By shimmy, I hope you mean walking it from foot to foot. You don’t need to keep it covered except maybe when moving it.

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