When buying a used harp, there are several things to consider. New harps are not usually wanted because they are considered too green. It is a simple fact that harps will get better as they age. They not only sound better, but they also get higher in value the older that they are. That is why it is important that you know where to look to find a good deal on a used harp. It can be very difficult to find one at an affordable cost otherwise.

The Basics
The first thing that you will have to do is try to determine what type of harp it is that you want. There are a lot of different kinds out there and they all have different purposes and sounds. A lot of the type of harp that you get will also have to do with your level of experience. Be sure that you know the type of harp that is going to benefit you to get a better range of experience.
Remember that you will need to have money for repairs. Used harps aren’t always what they used to be and have been known to sometimes need some pretty pricey repairs. Keep this in mind and be sure to get a good look at each harp to make sure that it is in good condition.

Determine the Age
When it comes to a used harp, be sure that you know the exact age of it. You can get the serial number off of the harp to be able to determine the actual age. Sometimes this is necessary as not all used harps are good harps. Check out the overall appearance as well as the sound of the harp. If you yourself are not exactly an expert then it is a good idea to have an expert come along that will be able to show you what it is you need to look for.



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Additional Tips
When you find some harps that you are comfortable with, then it is usually a good idea to start off by renting them. Usually getting more than one is also a good idea. This way you will be able to get a good feel for them and find one that works best for you.
See if the city that you live in has a harp store. They are great when it comes to giving you advice on the type of harp that will suit you best. They also will have a large selection of harps for you to look at and sort through.
The internet can be your best friend when it comes to trying to find used harps, especially if there are no local harp stores or teachers. You will be able to find a large selection of used harps and a large range of prices. Even if you were able to look at harp stores and speak to other harpists or teachers, the internet will be able to provide you with a large selection to choose from.