The Dance of Seven Years.

As much as I’d like to let the image speak for itself, such things are reluctant to transpire without event.

The main thing that was interesting was getting it home. Harps are not something you just have left on the doorstep, so I took delivery at work. Expanded as it was with layers of packing material, the box only barely and with a little coaxing fit into the rear hatch of my car, whereupon I had to scoot the seats forward a little, which made for a slightly awkward drive home.

Once I got home, (and after once again discovering the magic angle to get it back out of the back hatch) the next challenge was opening the box. It had ‘this end up’ but not ‘open here’, and tape on most edges. Working from the former direction, I started at the top, where after some dissection, I discovered the basic construction. Sort of like a nesting top and bottom, in the style used for many board games, only very asymmetrical and on it’s side. Beneath cardboard, were some foam inserts, followed by a plastic bag, and then the soft-shell case. You might think it was over at this point, but there was still the matter of getting the harp out of the case. It doesn’t open completely, like the hard guitar cases, only one edge unzips. With with overlapping folds and friction, lifting it out didn’t seem too practical, so I ended up standing the whole thing up and sort of walking it out.

Next up: tuning. (Thus begins the brave new world of music.) Harps are shipped slightly detuned to reduce the string tension, so the first time around takes awhile. Thankfully for my musically impoverished self, I got an electronic tuner along with it. It seems to have a little bit of trouble with the highest strings, but, just as likely, I don’t have sufficient precision with the tuning key yet.

12 Comments

  1. esotericbeccums says:

    That so rocks! You go, you musician, you! :-D

  2. harpie says:

    Oooh… such a beautiful harp! I’ve seen many harps, but I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at one before. Yours looks like some delicate fairy wing. Are you going to name it?

  3. flower76 says:

    Yay! How exciting!

  4. neaterbie says:

    How exciting! Can’t wait to hear you play!
    As for tuning the higher strings, its’ probably much like any other stringed instrument. The higher toned strings are much more sensitive to changes, but they will loosen up a bit with time. And you’ll get better at small adjustments.

  5. mandydax says:

    *hears the up and down of the harp* Wha? I think I’m having a flashback… or a dream… ;) That is so cool! Have you found anyone who can give you lessons?

  6. I fall off LJ for one week. ONE WEEK! And you buy a harp???????

    WOW.

  7. treneka says:

    WOW! This is terribly cool and I can’t wait for you to send us all some music recordings. Best of luck!!

  8. admin says:

    It does have a fairly pleasing shape, though that didn’t enter too much into my choice. The main thing I had to go on was a comparative recording of different harps, and I liked this one the best.

    Despite a slight romantic attachment to those kinds of things ( *) I’ve not been in the habit of naming things, but your comment did get me thinking about it. Current front runner is the namesake of the first harpist I ever saw.

  9. admin says:

    Hearing me poses two problems. Distance can be overcome in a few ways, but the size is sufficent to greately reduce the chances of getting out to Colorado. ;^) That leaves attempts at recording, and something closer to home. It has been some time since we’ve had a gathering out here (since Crow left, primarily.)

    I don’t know if you’d much want to hear me plucking randomly at the strings; actual music will take awhile.

  10. admin says:

    The number I got is disconnected. But I can try to get another reference when the harp center opens again on Tuesday. One of my co-workers also said that an area flea market is sometimes visited by a harper.

  11. admin says:

    I regularly fall off LJ for more than a week, so I can hardly blame you for that. To be fair, I rarly find many life changes when I return.

    My last entry did contain a warning. Although shipping was amazingly fast – this one was in stock, and they default to 2-day air.

  12. admin says:

    All I’ve got now is random plucking at strings. As for anything that would quallify as ‘music’, I hope you are patient ;^)