26 String

Harp questions for a beginner?

I really want to learn the harp. I know there are many different types of harps but I don't know the differences. I wanted a pedal harp but I saw the price tag and opted for a smaller one you play on your lap. But I still want it to have a lot of strings. What is the best amount of strings for a lap harp? And since I just want to use this harp to test out and see if I like it before I save to buy a big one, should I go for a 300$ one off eBay? I don't have a very sensitive musical ear and I won't be playing at concerts. Is it really THAT bad?

Never buy a harp built in Pakistan. Most of the ones on e-bay look really pretty, but they are from Pakistan. If the buyer won't say who the maker is or where it's from, then assume that it's from Pakistan. The reason is the harps sound like crap.

You should get at least 26 strings. That's about the maximum for something you can play on your lap. Lap harps are a kind of folk harp. (Other terms include Celtic and Irish.) Lever harp refers to a folk harp with levers to change strings to sharp or flat. Get as many levers as you can afford. (Pedal harps use the pedals to make those changes.) If you can afford 34 strings, then go for that. It gives you more options on what you can play.

A teacher is best. Call music stores in your areas to see if there are any. They usually list themselves with music stores. IF you can't find a teacher, I suggest you get a book called Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods. It also comes with a CD of the music in the book as well as a video - all sold separately. Your library might have any/all of them. They don’t require levers and you can play them all on 26 strings. (First link)

I have three folk harps. A 19 string Waring Harp that is part cardboard and part wood made from a kit. Obviously, you are limited because of the number of strings, but at $130, it's a budget way to go. It isn't hard to put together. (Except stringing is a challenge and you should learn that anyway.) (2nd link)

My first harp was a Sharpsicle. This is a good beginner’s harp because it is affordable. Not the best sound. but far better than the Pakistani harps. (2nd link) These are 26 strings. (3rd link) They come in many colors. I painted flowers on mine.

My best harp is the Dusty Strings. These are made in Seattle. It has a really nice bell sound and it has 34 strings, but there is a 26 string version, 4th link below. If you can afford it, I would go with that. They have all kinds of harps, so I recommend browsing the website, looking at prices and features and listening to their samples.

Others recommend Lyons and Healey. I have no experience with those.

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Harpsicle Rees Harps 26 String 33 Lap Harp Pink Includes Book HARP PNK + BK
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Harpsicle Rees Harps 26 String 33 Yellow Lap Harp with Book  Strap
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Harpsicle Rees Harps 26 String 33 Lap Harp Yello Includes Book HARP YLW + BK
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Harpsicle Harps HARPSICLE PINK 26 String 33 Lap Harp Harpsicle Pink HARPSI
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Harpsicle Harps HARPSICLE YELLOW 26 String 33 Lap Harp Harpsicle Yellow HA
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Harpsicle Harps by Rees Harps 26 String 33 Lap Harp Fullsicle A E Maple Boo
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Harpsicle Harps Acoustic Electric 26 String 33 Lap Harp Fullsicle Natural F
Harpsicle Harps Acoustic Electric 26 String 33 Lap Harp Fullsicle Natural F
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26 String LAP Harp HARPSICLE FLATSICLE Yellow includes Instruction Book
26 String LAP Harp HARPSICLE FLATSICLE Yellow includes Instruction Book
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Roosebeck RBSHS26F Harp 26 String Set F C
Roosebeck RBSHS26F Harp 26 String Set F C
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Dusty Strings FH26 Maple Folk Harp with Case Tuning Wrench  New Set of Strings
Dusty Strings FH26 Maple Folk Harp with Case Tuning Wrench New Set of Strings
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Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE MAPLE 26 String 33 LAP Harp Flatsicle Maple
Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE MAPLE 26 String 33 LAP Harp Flatsicle Maple
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp PURPLE AUTHORIZED DEALERS SHIP SAME DAY
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp MAPLE
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp PINK
Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp PINK
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp BLACK
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Rees Harps Sharpsicle 26 String Harp MAPLE
Rees Harps Sharpsicle 26 String Harp MAPLE
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Rees Harps Flatsicle 26 String Harp MAPLE
Rees Harps Flatsicle 26 String Harp MAPLE
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Rees Harps Fullsicle 26 String Harp BLACK
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ROOSEBECK HARP 26 STRING SET F C
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Rees Harps Fullsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE
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SPECIAL EDITION CHERRY FULLSICLE HARP w BOOK  DVD 26 STRINGS MADE IN USA
SPECIAL EDITION CHERRY FULLSICLE HARP w BOOK DVD 26 STRINGS MADE IN USA
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SPECIAL EDITION WALNUT FULLSICLE HARP w BOOK  DVD 26 STRINGS MADE IN USA
SPECIAL EDITION WALNUT FULLSICLE HARP w BOOK DVD 26 STRINGS MADE IN USA
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NEW FOLK HARP CASE MEDIUM LAP SIZE FOR THE EDEN 26 OR SIMILAR
NEW FOLK HARP CASE MEDIUM LAP SIZE FOR THE EDEN 26 OR SIMILAR
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Harpsicle Harps by Rees Harps 26 String Lap Harp Flatsicle w Book
Harpsicle Harps by Rees Harps 26 String Lap Harp Flatsicle w Book
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Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE 26 String Lap Harp Pink Made in USA Flatsicle Pink
Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE 26 String Lap Harp Pink Made in USA Flatsicle Pink
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Harpsicle Harps 26 String Lap Flatsicle Blue w Book HARP FLAT BLUE + BK
Harpsicle Harps 26 String Lap Flatsicle Blue w Book HARP FLAT BLUE + BK
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Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE 26 String Lap Harp Blue Made in USA FLATSICLE BLUE
Harpsicle Harps FLATSICLE 26 String Lap Harp Blue Made in USA FLATSICLE BLUE
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Bow Brand Pedal Natural Gut 4th No 26 Octave ALA Made In England 1 2
Bow Brand Pedal Natural Gut 4th No 26 Octave ALA Made In England 1 2
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp YELLO
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26 String 33 LAP Harp HARPSICLE Rees Harps Made in USA Black HARPSICLEBLACK
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HARPSICLE Rees Harps 26 String 33 LAP Harp Black Made in USA HARP BLK + BK
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