Hello fellow double strungers! I’m so glad there is a forum for those of us who already play double strung harps and for those who might be looking to find out more.
What drew you to the double strung?
For me, it was stumbling across Carolyn Deal’s many wonderful youtube videos. It took me about 60 seconds into the first one to decide that was the next harp for me. I had actually purchased a used double strung a few years earlier, but couldn’t get the hang of it and eventually sold it, thinking it was an ‘impossible dream’.
I first purchased a Stoney End Eve and it took a good four to six weeks for me to be comfortable enough to take it to the hospital where I work (in all honesty, I took my single strung that day also, ‘just in case’). I never took my single strung to work again. Before the pandemic, I had about 2000 hours of playing the double strung in the hospital. Today I own both an Eve and a Lorraine (both from Stoney End) and two single strung harps that I’m keeping for sentimental reasons.
There are a ton of reasons as to why I’m convinced a double strung is the harp for me, and for my work, but that’s for another post.
For me it was Are you Sleeping Maggie by Laurie Riley:
My budget was really tight so I ended up getting the ‘in the white’ Brittany from stony end, so it took a lot of sanding and varnishing and stringing! At that point I thought I could travel with it but after hubby lost his job, looks like we not gonna go anywhere in the next few years ( we had a bit of international lifestyle, due to his contracts). So in the hindsight I should have bought Lorraine. So now I will be saving for Lorraine kit, because it would cos too much to import the ready made one or ‘in the white’ (glued but unfinished) versions to Europe.
I dont know why I love the sound and effects of the DS so much, but I frankly never cared too much for the harp until I heard the DS! It stole my heart!😍