I have read most of this thread. My question to Hearpe is: Did you ever, at any point, pick up the telephone, dial a number, and talk to a live person at any of these businesses? It sounds from what I read that you didn’t. How did you communicate with the various businesses? By texting? By email? And you’re wondering why your caught in this mess? One phone call could have cleared this up. There were red flags all over the place that you were not dealing with legitimate people. You were taken in by a dirt cheap price for a quality instrument. So if you dealt with this business only by texting or email and never talked to anyone directly, and you paid your money and got an instrument of inferior quality or no instrument at all, where’s the bargain???? You said someplace that you’re 200 miles from the nearest harp shop. Then get in the car and go there. That’s not an unreasonable distance. Walk into the shop, try the instruments, pick one out, talk to the sales person in front of you, buy the harp, and walk out with the instrument that you have played, you like, and you want. But please, do not complain about, or bad mouth, businesses with whom you’ve only communicated by text or email or not at all.
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carl-swanson on November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm · in reply to: Why does this post keep disappearing? #212170
This whole thread looks, to me, like a lesson in why buying on the internet is at best risky. From what you’ve said, it seems you ordered, and paid for, a harp from a foreign country, without ever speaking to a live person on line. It also sounds like you did this because you got taken in by the cheap price. By not speaking to a live representative in this transaction, you left yourself wide open to be taken for a ride. And now you’re surprised and worried?? Please!! The fact that it was coming from Pakistan, the fact that the price was half what the instrument was advertised for elsewhere, the fact that, from the beginning, the shipping information was slipshod, the fact that you couldn’t get any solid information from Camac… All of these facts were red flags that something was terribly wrong. And let me guess… you did all of your communication by texting. The order, the attempt to contact Camac, the back and forth between the supposed seller and yourself, all of this was probably texting. And you’re wondering why it all went wrong? All you had to do was pick up the phone and make one call and you could have cleared this up immediately. In the future, I would suggest you stick to a brick and mortar store. Walk in, look at and try the harps, tell the live person in front of you which one you want, pay for it, and walk out with the instrument. And leave your cell phone at home!
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Evolve- Singing and playing is tricky, because you are using two different parts of the brain to do it. Even talking, and then playing something is tricky because of that shift from one part of the brain to the other. There’s a wonderful play called Souvenir, which is about Florence Foster Jenkins(the play inspired the movie). In the play, the whole story is told by her accompanist, Cosme McMahon. Throughout the play he has to talk directly to the audience setting up the scene. Then he turns to the piano and plays through the scene. it’s very tricky to do and takes practice.
I think that most of your problem is just one of getting used to doing both things at the same time, and that will take time to adjust to.
At the very least, the owner of the instrument should have asked you if you needed a tuning key. I rent harps, both pedal and lever, all the time, and I don’t like to include the tuning key, because most of the time the renter forgets to give it back to me when they return the harp. I always ask them if they need a key and a lot of times they don’t because they were renting something else before mine, or they have another instrument already and so don’t need a tuning key. Since all my harps use the standard pedal harp tuning key, they can buy a standard tuning key at a number of places. Your rental lever harp may have odd size tuning pins, and therefore need a special tuning key for those pins. You should sort this out with the owner of the instrument.carl-swanson on November 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm · in reply to: Trigger Finger problem with left hand #211643
I developed a trigger finger(index finger, can’t remember which hand!) about 2 years ago. I tried some exercises and physical therapy, which really didn’t help. Then I got a cortisone shot, and it immediately went away completely and has not returned. I wonder if the shot in your case didn’t reach the affected area.
Saul- My first choice is to put the pedals between the staves. But sometimes there just isn’t room. In that case, I’ll put them below the lower staff. I never put them above the upper staff. I don’t know what you are referring to concerning “better printing style.” I don’t believe they or anyone else for that matter has ever printed pedals larger than 12 point font(which is microscopic), and that is the problem. The production manager said to me that he had never seen pedals printed as large as I wanted them. I told him he was absolutely right, he had never seen that. But it’s time to print them the way harpists can use them.
I would like to add something else. My rule in writing pedals is that they should be put wherever space permits: sometimes between the staves, and sometimes below the bass staff. Having a hard rule of using one space or the other exclusively is just unworkable. For those of you who have used these editions, were you bothered at all by the placement of the pedal markings? Thanks.
Back when I was giving recitals, always without music(i.e., from memory) I was frustrated that all of the strings, from 7th octave C to 00G, were not in focus. The ones in the middle octaves were clear, but everything else was fuzzy. So I too brought my harp in to the optician’s office. He fitted me with a pair of glasses in which the left lens was for the lower part of the instrument and the right lens was for the upper part. It worked perfectly, and I could see all of the strings clearly with those glasses. They worked for reading music as well, since the left lens was for seeing the lower strings that were about the same distance away as the music stand. It may sound unworkable to have two different distances in one pair of glasses. But your brain reads whichever image is in focus and ignores the out of focus eye. That’s the whole premise of a monocle. You only need one eye in focus to see.carl-swanson on September 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm · in reply to: New 44 string Harp – BUYER BEWARE #210103
I guess there are not any smaller pedal harps being made now. I’ve heard this a couple of times from several different people. That’s too bad. The alternative is to buy a smaller used harp in good condition. Keep an eye on my web site(www.swansonharp.com) for used harps that I have for sale. I’ve got to put some more up there soon, and later in the year, or the beginning of next year I’ll have another 6 to put up there. So you might find something there that meets your needs.carl-swanson on September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm · in reply to: New 44 string Harp – BUYER BEWARE #210062
Your comment that “the strings ring beautifully in the flat position” tells me that the problem is with the action, not the wood harp frame. Normally when there is a dead sound of a string in either natural or sharp position, it means that the back plate screw for that disc is not pushing the spindle hard enough against the front plate. If the back plate screw is too loose, the result will be either a dead sound to that pitch or a kind of buzzing, especially if it is on one of the wire strings. If the back plate screw is too tight, then it can bind up that chain and prevent the discs from moving at all. So it’s a tricky adjustment. I don’t understand why the technician has not tried that already.carl-swanson on September 11, 2017 at 8:21 am · in reply to: meantone E tuning for John Adams' Absolute Jest #210015
Elizabeth- Retuning between pieces in the middle of the concert is going to be useless. It will be impossible to keep the tuning where you put it. Strings want to go back to where they were. If you tune a harp down a quarter or half step, a couple of hours later it will be sharp of where you put it. If you tune it up, it will go down very quickly. So really the only solution is to have a second harp that has been tuned for several days the way the composer wants it.carl-swanson on September 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm · in reply to: Debussy Nuages et Fêtes from Nocturnes #209845
Clinton- Did Debussy make the revised score? If so, why did it take 12 years after his death to get it printed? In general terms, what’s the difference between the original version and the revised score? Were there big changes? And what do most orchestras play today? The original or the revised versions?