Electric Lever Harps
I now offer
two types of pedal harp, to meet the needs of players in different
Action harp has the capability to raise each string by one half
step. In other words, if you press down the C pedal, all your
C strings will become C#'s. Or, if your open B strings are tuned
to Bb and you press the B pedal down, all your Bb strings will
instantly become B naturals. This is how lever harps work, by
raising each string by one half step when the individual levers
are moved. The Single Action harp simply alters all the strings
with the same note name simultaneously, with one touch of your
Action pedal harp has the capability to raise each string by
2 half steps. The pedals, down at the floor level, have two notches
to move to. The open strings are tuned to flats in all cases.
With the pedal in the uppermost position, this is what you will
hear. When you move a pedal to the first notch, all the strings
with that note name will instantly be raised by one half step.
You will be getting naturals. When you move the same pedal to
the second notch, those strings will be raised by a second half
step. You will be getting sharps on those strings.
If you play
in high sound level environments, such as onstage with a band,
it is likely that the soundbox of your harp is being vibrated
by the sounds all around you. If you are amplified, which of
course you need to be in this situation, then the stray vibrations
acting on your soundbox are also being amplified, added to the
harp sound. The result can range from an overall muddy tone to
disturbing distortion, depending on the circumstances.
For this reason,
a solid body harp is recommended to anyone doing popular music
in live venues or the recording studio.