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What do you think the prettiest small harp is?

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  • #105140
    brenda-lee
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    I want to buy a small harp for use in therapy.

    #105141
    unknown-user
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    I think the Lewis Creek Nightingale is beautiful to the ear and the eye both!

    #105142

    Brenda, I had a 34-string, full-levered clarsach made by Pilgrim Harps in England. It was so pretty, with decorated soundboard, mostly gut strings, and light weight. The tone was more resonant and cello-like than any harp I have had since then, and I play mostly pedal harp now. Would some U.K. harp players who have one of these want to comment, whether they also like this model harp?

    #105143
    Michaela Braveman
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    I have to agree with Ann about the Nightingale!

    I did a great deal of research when I bought my therapy harp. A good place to do comparison shopping is http://www.emeraldharp.com/Harps.html, which is owned by Christina Tourin, who also runs the International Harp Therapy Program.

    My cherry Nightingale (http://lewiscreek.net/lc_nightingale.htm) is very resonant, has a beautiful sound and is also a stunning looking harp! I recommend getting the Truitt Levers. Lewis Creek Instruments does not offer a lap bar, but the Triplett Christina lap bar fits the harp perfectly and is very comfortable!

    My harp teacher is a certified harp practitioner and she has a Christina harp and played it for a couple of years. When I started taking lessons, she was so impressed with my Nightingale, that she ended up selling her Christina and getting a Nightingale instead. The sound difference is like day and night and aesthetically, the Nightingale looks so much nice too! Also, is the only therapy harp with 27 strings!

    So I am joining Ann in recommending the Nightingale.., you are going to love this little harp!

    Michaela

    #105144
    brenda-lee
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    Thank you, everyone for suggesting the Nightingale.

    #105145
    unknown-user
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    I think my Nightingale weighs around 10 1/2 pounds in cherry, but when you go to the website you will see that Jeff Lewis also makes a

    #105146
    brenda-lee
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    Thank you!

    #105147
    brenda-lee
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    Hi~ I just talked to Jeff and he will have the nightingales at the Southeastern Harp Weekend where I will be.

    #105148
    Sarah Mullen
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    How small of a harp do you need?

    #105149
    Sarah Mullen
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    I love the Pilgrim clarsach and I agree that it is both a beautiful harp and a joy to play, however they are very hard to come by in the United States.

    #105150
    brenda-lee
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    Hi Sarah, I did look at the Aziliz on line, but I haven’t had the chance to hear one yet.

    #105151
    Kathleen Dougherty
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    Eons later, interested parties (me anc me!) want to know: what did you decide upon?

    I listened to Edie Elkan play the Marie 23 at the 2011 Somerset, and the sound was lovely. I’m in the market for a therapy harp, and am considering the Lewis Creek Jessie (a friend has one) and the Marie 23.

    And just for its beauty, I’d love a Caswell Sweetharp….

    #105152
    hannah-roberts
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    Brenda, that’s the prettiest sounding one I’ve ever tried. Jeff is also really, really nice! I’m very happy with my Christina, but if I had it to do again, I’d get a Nightingale. He has thought of everything (except perhaps the lapbar, but no bother since the Christina fits it.)
    Have a great time at Southeastern! Oh, and you could also try the Stoney End Evensong, another excellent therapy harp.
    Wishing you crisp, perfect weather all weekend long in the Land of the Sky!
    Hannah

    #105153
    deb-l
    Participant

    I like the look of Highland Gothic Style Lap Harps and the sound of their recordings.

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