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About Harps

The harp is a stringed instrument, with individual strings attached along its soundboard. It is one of the oldest instruments , almost dating back to 3000 BC. There are different kinds of harps - most commonly the lap, lever harp and pedal harp. The modern, "double-action" concert (pedal) harp was developed in 1811 by Sébastien Erard. Konomi Music Center offers instruction in lap, lever and pedal harps. 

Lap Harps: 

- The most affordable of the harps! 

- Extremely portable, lightweight, easy-to-carry, colourful with a solid sound!

- Sits on your lap / use a strap to carry! 

- Recommended for all beginners ages 5 and up! 

- 26 strings! Lever and No-lever options available!  

- Uses nylon strings.

Lever Harps: 

- Recommended for students ages 5 and above.

- A lever harp is smaller in size, it has a range of 26 - 38 strings and allows the harpist to play easily in multiple music keys.

- Uses a lever mechanism to adjust keys.

- Options of detachable legs to adjust its height.

- The instrument can be found in a large variety of sizes, prices, makers and colours!

Pedal Harps: 

- Recommended for students ages 11 and above (also depending on size and height of child). 

- Standard orchestral instrument!

- A pedal harp is much larger in size (usually 5 - 6 feet in height), it has a range of 47 strings and allows the harpist to play in all music keys.

- Uses a pedal mechanism to adjust keys.

- Its soundboard is wide, resulting in a magnificent sound! 

- The instrument can be found a variety of colours, makers and engraving designs. 

- Mostly uses gut and wire strings.

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