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CharlieA 01 Oct 01 - 05:26 AM
GUEST,Guest MC Fat 01 Oct 01 - 05:37 AM
GUEST 01 Oct 01 - 06:01 AM
GUEST,MC Fat 01 Oct 01 - 06:38 AM
John P 01 Oct 01 - 09:49 AM
CharlieA 01 Oct 01 - 09:52 AM
Matt Woodbury/Mimosa 01 Oct 01 - 10:33 AM
Matt Woodbury/Mimosa 01 Oct 01 - 10:36 AM
CharlieA 01 Oct 01 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,Chris 14 Oct 10 - 02:39 PM
Dave Swan 14 Oct 10 - 02:52 PM
sian, west wales 14 Oct 10 - 05:14 PM
Jack Campin 14 Oct 10 - 05:42 PM
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Subject: traveling harp wanted
From: CharlieA
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 05:26 AM

Hmm - I'm creating lots of threads today - work must be boring! Sorry - off the subject! What I am looking for is a low priced (i'm an ex student) maybe second hand, traveling/table harp. I don't play so one suitable for a beginner would be good! If anyone has any suggestions could they let me know. Cxxx


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: GUEST,Guest MC Fat
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 05:37 AM

My mate Brian Howard has developed one have a look on Brian Howard Music I know he has a web site. He makes pipes and whistles too !!


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 06:01 AM

Howard Music. No metions of harps though...


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 06:38 AM

E-mail Brian at that address. The harps are in prototype stage but are good I've played a couple of gigs with Brian where he's used them on some numbers


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: John P
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 09:49 AM

CharlieA, what do you consider low priced? Also, where do you live? Depending on what side of the ocean you live on, shipping costs could double the price of an inexpensive harp.

I work for a company called Dusty Strings in Seattle that builds and sells harps. We usually have one or two low priced harps around. Email from the web site for info if you want.

JP


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: CharlieA
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 09:52 AM

I'm from the other side of the ocean i'm afraid - not sure what i consider low priced as have never bought a harp. I've heard of dusty strings. thought i'd ask here cos I know i'll get decent accurate info from peeps here. what r the rough prices and transport costs to the UK. Cxxx


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: Matt Woodbury/Mimosa
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:33 AM

If you look here:

www.harplust.com/list/

There's a listing of various harp makers and retailers around the world. I have a Dusty Strings Allegro, which I really enjoy and can carry in my 2 seater convertible. For your side of the pond, it's probably worth checking out Pilgrim Harps and Camac.

Good luck,

Matt/Mimosa


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: Matt Woodbury/Mimosa
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:36 AM

There are also harps available that purport to be rosewood, usually made in Pakistan. Soem peopkle think they're a really good idea, because they're very inexpensive, but I think Camac, at least has some at similarly competitive prices with a much better quality.

Mimosa


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: CharlieA
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:41 AM

Thanx 4 your help. If i do get one u may see a thread on tips how to learn! Cxxx


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 02:39 PM

Check out Triplett Harps in San Luis Obispo. They make a travel harp (Zephyr) that is small enough to take on airplanes as carry-on, but still very playable and extremely well built.

They also make a lap harp (Christina model) that is lightweight, but still has a decent range and wonderful tone.

They make full size harps too. I've owned several harps over the years from different makers, but I think Tripletts are the best.


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: Dave Swan
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 02:52 PM

See Caswell Harps. Chris does beautiful work ranging from big bronze strung monsters to small travelers. His Fairy Harp has about the range of an alto recorder. It's worth a look.

D


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 05:14 PM

You should also look at the ones Marcus Music is turning out in Newport, Wales. They're the same size as the small Camac and are, indeed, made for the same (French) market. They're not fully levered but there are 3 levers in each octave (IIRC) so you get enough flexibility for sessions. At £595 they're a lot cheaper than a Camac and I think they're excellent value for money.

I have yet to find anyone who thinks the Pakistani harps are worth the money, and they don't really have any resale value either.

sian


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Subject: RE: Help: traveling harp wanted
From: Jack Campin
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 05:42 PM

A friend of mine teaches harp and says the Pakistani harps ARE worth learning on, but you have to throw the levers away and do all the tuning by wrench. The levers are the bit that really sucks.


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