My first harp came to me in my forties, the year after my dad's death. I loved the sustained notes and glissandos, which I looked for on the piano! I'd always thought of harps as big, and our of reach, until I met several folk harps in the 80s, I was enchanted!
Tuilleadh - my first harp arrived March 16, 1993. Her
My larger harp, Rowan Luchair, came from East Coast Luthier Rick Kemper, and is his "joy harp." Rowan is Koa, with a spruce and cedar sound board, covered in cherry veneer. She has bright fluorocarbon strings, perfect for Celtic ornamentation, and is a Celtic lowhead style harp. At 17#, she is still very portable.
My smallest harp, Bella Luna, arrived on a full moon after I completed my harp quest, part of the Harping for Harmony music project. My quest was to play 25 times for the "Young Elders of Yamhill County." Bella Luna is a wonderful size for hospital visits and when I teach Art workshops away from home. Her first outing was to a local birth center.