I was looking at some harps made by a very talented Canadian harp builder at the Sterling RennFaire this past weekend. He strongly suggested that if someone considers starting on a harp that the smaller bardic harps aren't the tool to begin with. At first blush this may sound like marketing but consider this. A harp with a fuller scale gives you physically easier strings to play by virtue of their length. Longer equals less tension. Having a fuller scale give you more strings to go to. That means you won't be missing a vital note at the bottom of a song and there by the fuller harp is less frustrating. After I chewed on that awhile I had to agree with him.