(Closed) Harpist issue: Big dilemma what to do?

posted 10 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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. 

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