Also called folk harps or troubadour harps, lever harps are distinguished by the "lever" mechanism that lets you change the pitch of each string. Our classic lever harps have sharpening levers on each string and are an ideal choice for someone who may go on to pedal harp some day. We also carry traditional "Celtic-style" lever harps that are described on our Celtic Harp Page.
Classic lever harps by Lyon & Healy and Salvi are built with the string tension and string spacing that is standard for a pedal harp, so their harps make a good choice for someone who is likely to move on to pedal harp some day.
Due to the cost difference between a pedal harp and a lever harp, most beginners start with a lever harp. Many harp teachers recommend that their students get a lever harp that is fully levered ( a lever on every or almost every string) and that the harp have 34 to 36 strings. This kind of harp is best for a beginner as they won't have to spend time re-tuning strings or making changes to their music because they have fewer strings than a piece calls for. At The Harp Connection, we have a great Rental Program for both new and used lever harps to make starting even easier.
For beginners who prefer to start on a small pedal harp, our Student Pedal Harps (also called "petite" pedal harps that have 40 strings) are described below.
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40-String Lever Harp (with Standard Pedal Harp Stringing)
New from $5,950* "Slightly Used" from $5,850*
Designed with the performance artist in mind, this romantic classic features a solid spruce soundboard for a rich, warm tonal quality, Lyon & Healy's Performance Levers, and 40 strings ranging from 1st Octave E to 6th Octave A. A removable scalloped bronze-finished crown and matching claw feet complement the classical appearance of the Prelude's graceful base and delicately fluted column. Artistically styled with the elegance of the pedal harp, the Prelude features the same string spacing and tension as a pedal harp. Comes fully levered. Includes a dust cover and tuning key. 2 year limited warranty for new harps and 1 year limited warranty for previously rented harps. Shown in Mahogany. Also available in Ebony. (Natural by special order only) Hide Details.
The world's best-selling lever harp, the Lyon & Healy Troubadour V is the perfect instrument for both beginning and experienced harpists. With 5 complete octaves, the Troubadour V has the same string spacing and tension as Lyon & Healy pedal harps. The Troubadour's brass eyelets and Sitka spruce soundboard help give it a clear, full sound. Fitted with Performance levers. Includes a dust cover and tuning key. 2 year limited warranty for new harps and 1 year limited warranty for previously rented harps. Natural by special order only. Also available in Mahogany and Ebony. Hide Details.
The new Lyon & Healy Ogden has the string tension and spacing of a pedal harp, yet is sized for the smallest of students. This harp is constructed with a Hard Maple body and a Sitka Spruce soundboard. The Ogden is fully levered with Performance levers.
-$3,950 with nylon-stringing through 2nd octave and gut-stringing from the 3rd through the 5th
2 year limited warranty for new harps. Shown in Ebony; also available in Mahogany (Natural by special order only) Hide Details.
Designed by Lyon & Healy, inspired by our city, the new Chicago harps – unmatched in value and sound. In the spirit of the modern skyline of their namesake, the Chicago harps have a neoclassical style and design. Built with a Sitka Spruce soundboard and Hard Maple body, the Chicago harps have a clear and dependable sound. The soundboard is decorated with a beautiful climbing vine and the mechanism features solid brass action plates. The Chicago 40 is Lyon & Healy's smallest pedal harp. Hide Details.
The Daphne Pedal harps are handcrafted by Salvi's expert Italian craftsmen of select maple and spruce to create a harp of great beauty and resonance. The Petite Daphne 40 string model delivers the same stylish elegance and melodic voicing of a concert harp while furnishing the student, adult beginner or freelancing professional with a lightweight and more easily transported pedal harp. Includes a dust cover and a tuning key. 5 year limited warranty for new harps. Shown in Mahogany. Available in Natural and Walnut.. Hide Details.
Some of our Petite Pedal Harps are available in our Rowley, Massachusetts Harp Showroom and other instruments are stored in our Chicago Transit Terminal for immediate shipment.
Additional harps may also be available at the Factory;
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*Price depends upon finish and options. Returns: We want you to be completely satisfied with your instrument, no questions asked. The Harp Connection offers a 30-day return policy on lever harps and lap harps purchased from our store (except special orders). To be eligible for return, the harp must be in the same condition as when we shipped it to you and it must be returned with all accessories such as tuning keys and books. In the event of a return, you will be responsible for return freight to our Rowley, Massachusetts location. Custom-ordered harps may not be returnable, depending on the requirements of the factory; call us with specific questions about special order returns. Pedal harps can only be returned upon approval of the manufacturer and a 20% return fee will typically apply. We update our web site daily, however all harps are subject to prior sale.