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What type of harp should I buy??? (Down to three choices)

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  • #68825
    unknown-user
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    Hello Everyone!!!!

    #68826
    unknown-user
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    Be very cautious with an instrument made of cocobolo. It is a wood that can cause an alergic reaction much like poison ivy. It is in a class called sensitizers and with repeated contact you can break out in an itchy rash.

    Curt

    #68827
    unknown-user
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    Ok, that brings up another topic; What type of woods are recommended???

    For soundboard, I am sticking to Cedar or Sruce (Enleman or European, not Sitka).

    If anyone has comments or experiance with the following woods, please post your opinion.

    #68828
    Zen Sojourner
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    I don’t know anything about Timothy Harps, you’re best bet is to try to find someone who has owned or at least heard one.

    #68829
    Jeralee
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    I really like the sound of the Thormahlen harps.

    #68830
    unknown-user
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    Pavel,

    I don’t have any experience with cocobolo. I don’t work in any of the toxic woods (bad for my lungs). It is a very dense and heavy wood that is gorgeous in it’s grain and color so it should give a harp that has a darker and mellower sound. Some other soundboard woods to consider are; redwood, poplar, basswood and mahogany. While they are non-traditional woods they all give good response and each has it’s own set of plusses and minuses. I hope this didn’t further complicate your choice. Much of the info on soundboards is from my readings. The only ones that I have personal experience with are Sitka spruce, western cedar and poplar. The others I have never used in a harp.

    #68831
    unknown-user
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    I recently ordered a Llyr harp for my daughter (expect delivery end of Oct) after trying one out at the Somerset Festival in July.

    #68832
    unknown-user
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    Speaking of Harp festivals, where on earth can I find one!!!

    #68833
    unknown-user
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    Pavel

    Here’s a link with a listing of harp events.

    http://www.celticharper.com/events1.html

    On why we picked the Timothy?

    #68834
    unknown-user
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    Hello Everyone:

    #68835
    Zen Sojourner
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    You can go to the Camac website and read about their levers in “The Harpists Guide”.

    #68836
    Zen Sojourner
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    I just realized, Timothy harps is in Canada.

    #68837
    unknown-user
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    Many thanks for the many responses. I looked over the picture of the camac levers (Thank you Zen Sojourner) and I like them.

    #68838
    Zen Sojourner
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    Pavel, since you live in Central America, the shipping issue is probably moot.

    #68839
    unknown-user
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    Pavel, I’ll be glad to send you a sound bite when our harp arrives

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