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Staveback construction. Solid ash neck and pillar, laminated European birch soundbox with black ash-grained vinyl veneer, laminated European birch soundboard.
- 26 strings, 3½ octaves
- Solid ash neck, pillar, base & capital
- Laminated Finland birch soundboard, sides & back
The version of this harp we usually keep in stock is full levers, natural finish, long playing leg, and CE26 case (price of case can be subtracted if you do not wish to purchase a case). Other configurations can be ordered easily. This harp is also available with color finishes, by special order (green or burgundy +$165, and all black +$65). Please contact us if you are interested in one of these color options.
Playing the harp is much easier and more enjoyable when you have an instrument that sounds good and functions well, and this is the driving concept behind the Ravenna models. To provide the best performance, the Ravenna is made with the same high-quality hardware and materials as our more expensive models. So, in order to meet our goal of affordability for the most budget-conscious harpists, we came up with an innovative construction technique that reduces the time we put into building them. We also priced separately all the accessories and options that are useful but not immediately essential, which is why the base price includes just the instrument and a tuning wrench. Each person can add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.
Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable. It has a remarkably full and bright sound for its size, and features our characteristic tuning stability and even string tension. The staveback soundbox provides an extra level of playing comfort.
Other accessories can be ordered with the harp or added later, as budget allows. A common addition is a partial or full set of sharping levers, which opens up the range of available playing keys. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on. It does require time and detailed work, so we usually recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate.
Unless the harp is being played by a small child, you will probably want a drop-down leg or a stand to raise it up to a comfortable height. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob and adjusts to any height. It is very flexible and portable, but must be retracted into the harp when you're done playing. The harp also has to be supported against the player's body when using the leg). The removable stand
raises it about 12 inches (8" and 5" legs are also available) and holds it steady on four legs. If neither option fits in the budget, you can set it up on a 12" step-stool while playing.
case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. The CE26 does a good job of giving basic protection to the harp. The CD26 is thicker and has more pockets, including separate, protective compartments to hold the stand base and legs. Both have optional backpack straps.
McKinley chose the Ravenna 26 as one of her Staff Picks - here's what she has to say about it!
"When it finally came time for me to invest in a harp, I had been hesitant about buying the Ravenna because it felt like I would eventually regret buying a smaller-bodied harp and it would feel like I had skimped out on my investment. However, the Ravenna's size is now my favorite thing about it! It's portable, but it still has amazing volume, warmth, and clarity. Since it only weighs 14 pounds, I can carry it to and fro without breaking a sweat—and with the drop-down lever, I've been able to stash it in the backseat of my four-door, drive to the park, and join my friends for a jam circle, all while I'm seated on a stump. It's an excellent starter for someone who is just picking up the harp, but it's also an awesome model for a veteran harpist who would prefer something more convenient than a 50-pound full-size. Plus, it's so affordable!"