Here come the harpmobiles!

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Have you heard? Harp Column’s most requested article—our harpmobile review—is coming up. This popular feature will appear in our September/October 2014 issue.

We need your input! What harpmobiles do you want to see us review?  What aspects of these harp carriers do you want to see us evaluate? Have you recently purchased a new harpmobile that you love or despise? Tell us why! Leave your comments, requests, and ideas below, and look for the results in the next issue of Harp Column.

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11 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Kirsten Agresta Copely

    After 18 yrs. in NYC where I relied on harp movers and never moving my own instrument, I relocated to Nashville and had to buy a harpmobile again. I couldn’t be happier to have chosen a 2014 Suburu Outback. It’s not only the perfect size for my LH23, but also one of the safest cars on the market. I like that it’s smaller than an SUV and stylish for a wagon styled vehicle. But most of all, it’s a gem hauling a concert grand, dolly, bench, and gear!

  2. Profile photo of Harprenee

    I also have a Subaru Outback. It fits my Salvi Sinfonietta, even when my 6’2″ drives, although he has to have the driver seat a little closer than usual. I am 5’2″ and it fits with plenty of room behind me. We also carry a cello, music, stands for both of us, and our music bag. We had to rent a harp for an event in NYC and it fit just fine as well. It was a L&H but I can’t remember which one.

    I would love to see reviews for other smaller cars that aren’t vans or SUVs. Also looking at how high the car sits, I found with cars that sit higher, its a bit harder to get the harp out (maybe because of my size).

  3. Profile photo of lisa kikol

    I just got a 2014 Ford Escape — amazingly – my LH85 — fits in back with just a little push to the right. Remember – this is a new design – not the box-y looking model of years past which took contortions to fit my harp. In my 2014 model – they made the second row seats fold down and disappear – so you actually gain close to 6inches in length. The only negative is the wheel well indents make it a little more of an effort to get the harp “in” — but once it is in the car past those indentations – the harp lays flat and fits perfect. Very happy with mileage too. Now if I could get a fold up extremely light weight bench and finally put all of my music on a tablet — Life will be perfect !

  4. Profile photo of Alix Raspe

    First off, I highly recommend my Toyota Highlander. It fits my harp (a L&H 85 Concert Grand) absolutely perfectly with lots of space for your stand and bench. You’re even able to fit two other people in it if necessary. I can’t even begin to think about how many instruments have fit in there along with my concert grand.

    A car I would love to “harp test”:
    Volvo V60. Not sure if it’s quite big enough to fit a harp, but it’s a new station wagon on the market, and it has interesting engine options for fuel efficiency or performance. My boyfriend is an auto-journalist as well as a highly experienced harp mover and he thinks the Volvo would be an excellent harp-mobile if it passed the harp test. We’d love to know the results!

  5. Profile photo of Allyson

    I drove a Mazda Tribute for 14 years…it worked fine, but just upgraded to a Toyota Highlander and LOVE it! I have plenty of room for harp, stand, stool etc. Plus it drives really well and has great service!

  6. Profile photo of robert stone

    I have a PA sales license for used vehicles and I would be happy to help any harpist with suggestions for a used vehicle for their harp. My harp teacher has a Chrysler Pacifica and has a lot of miles on it, so I know it has been a real work horse for her. The Japanese mini vans are also also a good bet if you’re on a tight budget, as they are generally more reliable, less costly to repair, etc.

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