The harps presented below are the ones we generally keep in stock. Most are available in several finishes.
Each of the three manufacturers we represent offer even more models; which can be ordered when we do not have them in stock.
How to choose a harp
The register of the harp would certainly be the first question to be clarified. We could categorize harps as follows: small: 22 to 27 strings; the medium ones: 29 to 40 strings and the large ones: 40 to 47 strings.
The sound of a harp will differ depending on a few factors: the type of wood used, the manufacturing process and the type of strings are the main reasons. The size of the harp and therefore the size of the sound box will mostly have an incidence on the sound projection.
The shape of the harp, its finish or color as well as the ease of transport are also points to consider. Obviously, the most important thing is to try it out to validate the comfort but especially the sound.
Type of strings
In the modern harp world, there are two categories of strings; nylon (or synthetic) and gut strings. All classical or pedal harps are stringed with gut strings while Celtic (or levered) harps are stringed with either nylon or gut strings.
Generally speaking, one could qualify the sound of nylon strings as being brighter and more resonant, whereas gut strings have a rounder, warmer tone and resonate a little less longer.
The levers on the harp console are used to make the accidentals (flats and sharps).
It is important to choose a harp with all the levers as this is what allows you to do more different scales. Without levers, a harp would be limited to a single scale.
All the harps we sell have levers on each strings.
Lever or pedal harps
It is mainly the method of obtaining the accidentals (flats and sharps) that distinguishes these two types of harps.
Celtic harps have levers that can be changed by hand, while the accidentals of the larger harps are obtained by operating the pedals with the feet.
The range of a celtic harp is limited to 40 strings while that of pedal harps is 40 to 47 strings.
Ease of transport
All harps can be transported outside your home, but some are more easier to move.
25-36 string harps are the easiest to transport.