Like adopting a new puppy from a rescue organization, shelter or breeder, each harp comes with a fragment of a story and a bit of mystery. Since I began renting harps, My husband, our dog Sagan and I have picked up four harps and counting.
Cary Harp – Troubadour 1
Last January, a gentleman in Cary contacted me about selling his wife’s Troubadour harp. She had played the harp for about 10 years and they brought the harp along with them from the DC area when the relocated to Cary. Subsequently, the harp remained un-played for several years. Ready to sell the instrument, he called me to see if I had any interest in purchasing it. And thus, I purchased my first rental harp!
“Sun Tan Harp” – Troubadour 1
The second harp came to me from Virginia. A woman purchased it in the mid 1970s and played regularly for a few years. She kept detailed records and accounts of her lessons. Apparently she paid $5 per lesson! In today’s dollars…?
The harp eventually ended up in the hands of a gentleman who got it from a friend at church as a thank you gift. He outfitted the harp with new strings and looked for a buyer through the classifieds.
The week I purchased this harp, his newest grandson was born on the coast of North Carolina. He packed the harp along with the baby gifts and we (myself, husband and our dog) drove to the coast to pick up the harp.
It must have been placed near a window for several years because one side of the harp is a warm cherry brown color, while the other side is light and golden.
“Grace’s Harp” – Troubadour 2
This harp came from Greensboro. My friend and duo partner rented it to her students for years, but no longer needing the rental harp in her studio, passed it along to me to begin another brand new harpist on the harp.
“Henrico Harp” – Troubadour 1
While I was at the American Harp Society Conference in Atlanta, my husband dedicated an entire day to go to northern Virginia to pick up this harp from a fellow who mostly deals audio equipment. ‘Audio Joe’ found the harp at a church in northern Virginia.