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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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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp BLACK
Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp BLACK
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp GREEN
Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp GREEN
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp WHITE
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Rees Harps Sharpsicle 26 String Harp YELLO
Rees Harps Sharpsicle 26 String Harp YELLO
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Rees Harps Special Edition Fullsicle 26 String Harp CHERRY
Rees Harps Special Edition Fullsicle 26 String Harp CHERRY
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Rees Harps Special Edition Fullsicle 26 String Harp WALNUT
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26 Strings Nylon Rosewood Celtic Iirsh Harp Natrual Finish Tuning Key Bag
26 Strings Nylon Rosewood Celtic Iirsh Harp Natrual Finish Tuning Key Bag
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Jay Witcher Student Harp C Below Middle C To G 26 Strings
Jay Witcher Student Harp C Below Middle C To G 26 Strings
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Harp Strings 7 PCS Lyon Healy Silver Label Octave E 22D 23B 25A 26G 27 PLUS
Harp Strings 7 PCS Lyon Healy Silver Label Octave E 22D 23B 25A 26G 27 PLUS
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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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Roosebeck RBSHS26F Harp 26 String Set F C Mid East
Roosebeck RBSHS26F Harp 26 String Set F C Mid East
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Dusty Strings FH26 maple folk harp
Dusty Strings FH26 maple folk harp
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Lap Harp Solid Wood 26 Strings Levers on C and F strings
Lap Harp Solid Wood 26 Strings Levers on C and F strings
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ROOSEBECK HARP 26 STRING SET F C
ROOSEBECK HARP 26 STRING SET F C
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Roosebeck Harp 26 String Set F thru C Color Coded
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Mid East 26 Inch Nevel Harp 15 String + Gig Bag + Tuning Tool
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Rees Harps Fullsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE
Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE
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Rees Harps Flatsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE AUTHORIZED DEALERS SHIP SAME DAY
Rees Harps Flatsicle 26 String Harp ORANGE AUTHORIZED DEALERS SHIP SAME DAY
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Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp RED
Rees Harps Harpsicle 26 String Harp RED
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Dusty Strings Ravenna 26 Folk Harp w case + stand
Dusty Strings Ravenna 26 Folk Harp w case + stand
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Roosebeck Woodlands Harp 26 String + Extra String Set+ Tuning Tool
Roosebeck Woodlands Harp 26 String + Extra String Set+ Tuning Tool
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Dusty Strings FH26 Folk Harp w Bag
Dusty Strings FH26 Folk Harp w Bag
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ca 1911 Clark Harp Junior Type B  507 26 Strings Original Condition
ca 1911 Clark Harp Junior Type B 507 26 Strings Original Condition
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Bow Pedal Natural Gut Harp String No26 4th Octave ALA  1 string
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26 String Beautifully Engraved 35 Tall Woodlands Harp + Tuner
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BEAUTIFUL ROOSEBECK WOODLANDS HARP 26 STRINGS W TUNING TOOL EXTRA STRINGS
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Lyon And Healy Special Style 26 Concert Grand Pedal Harp
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Rees Harps Flatsicle 26 String Harp PINK AUTHORIZED DEALERS SHIP SAME DAY
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