standing model, chromatic
(= with semitone levers)
- there are YouTube
(1:10), anon 17th.C
with harp, flutes,
clarinet, accordion, guitar, bass
Scott Skinner, c.1900
with harp, guitar, bass, flute, clarinets, accordion
thanks for Hicky for teaching me the tune!
thoughts on semitone levers:
they date from the 18thC, so they don't belong in earlier music
OK, they allow you to change key easily
I've found that if you do it *during* a piece, it disturbs the flow and concentration,
people even laugh
never found any which were properly in tune: if you want to change key *between*
pieces, you get a much better result if you re-tune the string yourself with
the tuning key
In short: I
find them a nuisance, an inadequate half-solution, I don't use them, Gildas
Jaffrennou included them when he made my own harp, but I took them off.
When you play pieces that need changes of sharps and flats, you can 'cheat'
and suggest the missing note so that people don't notice.
I find the diatonic
Pixie harp without semitone levers much more intimate and elegant than the clumsier
chromatic version with semitone levers. The fact that the one model doesn't
stand on its own is no disadvantage at all: it sits beautifully between your
knees when you play, and lies stable on its back otherwise.