Ok, just wandering if there are any horror stories out there about your purchasing the “wrong harp”.
When I first wanted a harp I thought making one would give me an extra connection….LOL! I should have realised I’m not a woodworker. I ordered the entire kit including strings and made up the pillar and neck before putting it aside never to touch again. 2 years later I sold the kit including the spruce I had purchased for the soundboard for a very good price (to a hobby harpmaker)
According to how she tells the story, when Deborah Henson-Conant was a girl she wanted a harmonica, also called a “blues harp.” She told her parents that she wanted a blues harp for her birthday, and one day she came home, and there was a harp.
She said she had asked for a blues harp, and her mother replied “Don’t be so picky. We couldn’t find a blue one.”
Talk about the wrong harp!
I bought a 25 string harp recently not because of the sweetness of my signifigant other, but rather his INSISTANCE that my semi-grand will not fit into the studio we are subletting for the year. I guess I should note that he’s probably right, I can’t even image where we’d put the thing….
So I bought a Triplett Christina. When I first got the harp I had no idea to what to play, not even my first folk books fit into the number of strings…. so I found a bunch of folk books by Suzanne Guldimann that are written for small harps. The arrangements are extremely simple, but really beautiful. Now my harp and I are getting along famously. In fact I love it. How nice is it to have a harp I can throw over my shoulder?
I just gave this thread a bump, since it’s where I’m finding myself. Nine months ago I put my little fund into a CD and it has grown very nicely, but at the time I thought that when nine months had elapsed I’d have a sure and certain sense of the harp that would melt like chocolate into my awaiting hands.
But I don’t. One day I can be absolutely sure that I want THIS harp. Then I get worried about the string tension and think how beautiful THAT harp is, and how the tension is lower so it should be easier on my hands, but wait!
There’s another one that I’ve looked at quite a bit. That one maybe? I certainly don’t want to mistake, and getting to a harp store is a nasty 4 hour drive, and what if there’s nothing I love there?
Fortunately, I have a couple nice instruments to play until I decide. Anyone got any ideas?
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