Post # 1
I have found the harpist that I want to hire. She costs more than anybody else but I love her music. As I am a musician myself I am picky with this. Now that I have received her contract I am in a big dilemma. This is what it stated:
"If outdoors, musician(s) will be seated on a flat dry surface, with musician(s) and instrument(s) in the shade; (shade is also required in a sunny indoor room); close to a heating lamp in cool weather; if there is even ONE DROP of rain, musician(s) will be relocated indoors. If there is no indoor location in the case of rain, client is still obliged to pay musician(s) balance due.
In the event of an urgent conflict such as a concert tour out of town orfamily emergency, Musician(s) reserve the right to substitute otherappropriate professional Musician(s) playing the same instrument(s)originally contracted for."
I was able to talk her out about the last paragraph and have her agree to return the deposit in case she cannot play but the rain seems to be an issue. We are providing a 96" canopy. Our wedding is in May close to LA. Chances of rain is unlikely. But even if it drizzles she wants to be relocated inside. What to do? Take the risk or hire someone else. Anybody got a good suggestion for a harpist in LA?
Post # 3
I think that you might run into that issue with any harpist. I don’t know a lot about the harp, but they are very, very expensive instruments. And according to my Fiance (who plays the violin) humidity is very bad for stringed instruments and causes them to go out of tune.
Post # 4
I agree with prettykatie – your harpist isn’t trying to be difficult, she’s trying to protect her livelihood! Rain and humidity wreck havoc on instruments – many musicians who do a lot of outdoor gigs will often have cheaper standby instruments that they use if the weather seems iffy. Take the precaution as a good sign that your harpist is an experienced professional.
Post # 5
I agree with prettykatie. A harp is an expensive instrument – about $12,000 for a student harp, and around $20,000 for a concert harp. She’s not going to take the chance of getting it damaged. Also, as a stringed instrument, it is very sensitive to heat, cold, and humidity. Tuning a harp is comparable to tuning a piano – it takes around an hour (unlike tuning a violin). If the temperature or humidity varies such that the harp goes out of tune, your music will sound like crap.
I’m sure this is not what you want to hear, but I would go with a string or woodwind quartet instead. They should be just fine with the canopy, unless it pours down rain, in which case you are going to have to relocate everything indoors anyway. I would certainly call around, but I would think that almost any harpist would have the same issues.