Although I anticipate ultimately owning a lever and a cross-strung, I finally dropped the flag on a Ravenna 34. It should arrive at my place of work by next Monday, upon which point I have a great deal to learn. I bought a few Sylvia Woods books, and I look forward to learning my way around.
I want to start with a harp that has a more established, commonly known pedagogy, and I especially love the idea of playing an instrument that has a great deal in common with the folk instruments (arpe popolare) in southern Italy, especially in the town where my last name is from (Marsicovetere).
I may or may not end up with a teacher, and if I do, it will have to be over Skype. I know that young Canadian fellow on YouTube who does all those detailed harp videos does Skype lessons, and my cousin who is studying harp has a teacher who may teach via Skype. I’ll mull my options.
But for now … I appear to be Of The Tribe, at last. 🙂