Lisa Blythe

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  • in reply to: L&H prelude or Salvi Ana deluxe #260614
    Lisa Blythe
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    Just an update my fellow harpers,
    I bought the Salvi Ana Deluxe. It arrived yesterday and is beautiful. The sound is gorgeous and not at all plinky in the upper registers. I do have it strung in pedal gut, but I know that it also comes in lever gut, so best to check prior to buying. I love the gold levers. They look a little different to the Lyon and Healy levers, but as I am no expert I cannot explain how. Yes there is a very small sound with the levers, but I don’t think it will be loud enough for anyone watching me play to hear. I am extremely happy with my purchase which was quite terrifying in that I bought it sight unseen in Australia and the only video recordings I could find were on websites selling the lever gut strung models. The sound is rich and full. I have not heard a prelude in person, but have been playing the L&H Troubador which is fabulous. So in comparison the sound is equally pleasing. I am delighted with it. The colour is natural and similar to the troubadour. I am just saying that because in pictures it looks white washed but it is not. Next challenge is to find a stool that matches which in Australia is difficult. Many thanks to the lovely people who answered my previous posts. Best wishes
    Lisa 🙂

    Lisa Blythe
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    Thank you Balfour,
    that is very reassuring! I have played piano a long time ago. But did not arpeggiate the chords. Sounds like it will be more achievable on the harp.
    Best wishes, Lisa 😊

    Lisa Blythe
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    Thank you Gretchen,
    I hadn’t thought to remove a note or two. I will keep that as an option! I think it is going to be achievable with the right method and practice. I was panicking. Lisa 😊

    Lisa Blythe
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    Thank you Wil Weten, you are the best. I was having a panic attack Lj because I am about to buy my first harp, and I didn’t want to go ahead if I can’t play the music I love. I think it will be ok! Hope you have a lovely day. 😊

    Lisa Blythe
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    Maybe I’m panicking unnecessarily. I can reach a tenth but it’s a struggle. I might need to wait til I get to that with my harp teacher. But if you think it looks problematic, please let me know.

    in reply to: L&H prelude or Salvi Ana deluxe #258817
    Lisa Blythe
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    Update, I just heard back from Salvi technical department. They said you can order the Ana with lever gut or pedal gut strings.
    In Europe the lever version is more popular, in US or Hong Kong the pedal version is more popular. Will ponder my choices a little longer!

    in reply to: L&H prelude or Salvi Ana deluxe #258808
    Lisa Blythe
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    Thankyou so much for such detailed and helpful advice Wil, Gregg and Balfour. I am leaning towards the Prelude. I did see Greggs earlier post about the uneven base and will follow up on that prior to purchase as symmetry is important to me as well as sound. I had considered a smaller harp such as the Ogden, but It is unlikely that I will be taking my harp on outings, and If I don’t buy a pedal harp in the future I will still have a pretty (by that I mean in the classical style that I prefer) and beautiful sounding harp. Best wishes Lisa.

    in reply to: L&H prelude or Salvi Ana deluxe #258723
    Lisa Blythe
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    Thank you, Wil- Wetin,

    Your comments are very helpful. I do like classical and pop and most likely will not play Celtic-style music. (Never say never, will probably look back on this years later and disagree with myself!) I love the Prelude natural but have been told there is a 6-month wait. I would gladly buy it in cobalt blue or the lovely Salvi green but not the dark timber colours! I wish I could travel to the Chicago store to choose my own harp by sound. Then again, I am thankful for a fabulous teacher and good health. So far Prelude is in front!

    Happy harping.

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