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Which sound do you prefer?

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  • #70821
    Denver CH
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    The two harps I’m considering to choose from have different sound natures.

    #70822
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Is this a trick question? If not, then I select ALL of them for my ideal harp. I don’t see why a harp can’t be brightly warm, or warmly bright at the same time, Bright doesn’t have to mean brittle.

    #70823
    Denver CH
    Member

    Thanks you, Kathy.

    #70824

    I agree! Pick them all! BUT I think that warm and bright probably cannot coexist. If that’s the case, you need to take into consideration your own tone. If you personally play very warmly, you can accentuate (perhaps too much) that trait by playing a warm sounding harp. You can do the same if you have a bright tone on a bright harp. I think that personally I sound best on a harp that’s on the brighter side. I have a warm tone, but I like the balance between tone clarity and warmth I get on a slightly brighter harp. So to get the sound I want, I have to take into consideration my playing as well. For someone else to achieve the same sound, he may require a different harp than I require. Does that make sense? I don’t know if that was helpful or not.

    ~Sam

    #70825
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Trying to describe a harp’s sound with words is so very difficult. That said, I have tried a few Chicagos and found them rather thin and tight-sounding. 85s have been around a lot longer, I tried an 85P once that was outstanding. But you really have to try them side by side to know which YOU prefer. You could line up 6 Chicagos and they would sound quite different from each other, same with 85s. Until you hear these harps for yourself you won’t know for sure what you like, and all our descriptions will mean nothing. And the one you end up liking may not be the one you expected.

    #70826
    Denver CH
    Member

    Thank you, I agree. I’ll try to find an opportunity to play them side by side and see which one I like, but for now it’s alsmost impossible, as we live some 800 miles away from the harp center.

    #70827
    Denver CH
    Member

    That’s very helpful, Sam. That’s a new idea for me.

    #70828
    Denver CH
    Member

    Besides, I guess the eyelets may partly contribute to the difference in the tone of Chicago series and Style 85 series, i.e. warm versus bright. According to the photos I saw, the Chicago harps may use plastic eyelets, while the Style 85 harps may use metal eyelets.

    #70829
    Maria Myers
    Participant

    Sam,

    Could you elaborate on this statement: << I have a warm
    tone>>.

    #70830
    jessica-wolff
    Participant

    I used to go for bright and am beginning to change my mind on that score. I think I like pure, if we’re talking about the same thing.

    #70831
    Denver CH
    Member

    There are several recording samples

    #70832
    Denver CH
    Member
    #70833
    tony-morosco
    Member

    The problem for me with this question is that the tone I prefer varies depending on the music I am playing. There is no one ideal tone for me. Only an ideal tone for the music I am playing at the moment.

    #70834

    Maria,

    A player’s tone quality can be affected by technique, articulation, and physical variations. Closing well helps (technique) as well as really pulling the string before releasing (articulation). I also have very wide, fleshy fingers, which helps tremendously. Most women don’t seem to have fingers wide or fleshy enough to get a fantastically warm, lush sound naturally. In order to achieve the same sound, they might have to concentrate on the technical aspects a bit more, but this does not mean that their sound will not be wonderful!

    ~Sam

    #70835
    jessica-wolff
    Participant

    I vote for the Chicago 40. FWIW I like its looks better too.

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