Posted by jeffo on May 26, 2002 at 22:36:11:
In Reply to: best value harp posted by Robert A. Feldhaus on May 26, 2002 at 14:48:41:
: I'm a very new beginner and have the Hohner special 20 (German)in C. I first got a Hohner Oldstand by (China) but decided to give it to my son and get one of the recommended beginner harps.
: Now I'm still learning single notes and seem to have my harp with me all the time. I don't always want to have my best harp with me just in case I damage it or something.
: Is there a good value one that anyone could recommend such as the (big river)
Lee Oskars ain't cheap ($21. at Kevin's Harps) but the reeds really last a long time. If you fatigue a reed you can buy a reedset from them and replace them yourself for the price of a "bargain" harp, and they are a common choice for pros (as are 20's, which I think you can buy reedsets for too). Just play whatever you like and keep in it's case. Don't burden yourself with beginner stuff unless the $ difference is really a big deal. I heard Paul Delay uses Big Rivers, incidentally, so that's a pretty good recommendation for that "bargain" model, but everybody develops preferences based on shape, reed response, etc. (I hate Marine Bands, most popular harp on earth, for example). Different folks, different strokes.
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