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  • Music Makers Harp Desk

  • Nicole Potter

    Member
    11 July, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    For those who have the harp desk – Do you enjoy it? Does it seem sturdy enough for a 12.9 ipad pro? Do you have any concerns about it damaging your harp?

    Thanks!

  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    13 July, 2021 at 3:12 am

    I hope someone knows as I have the same question!

  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    14 July, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    I contacted music makers and they said it is sturdy enough to hold an iPad. I did specify a 12.9” iPad in my question to them.

  • Sarah Bruce

    Member
    15 July, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    My harp-desk is great. It looks beautiful on my harp and reduces the head turning from music to strings. The surfaces that clamp onto the harp pillar are lined with cork so there is no chance of damage to the harp. Be aware it will not clamp to a round pillar. Check out the videos on the Musicmakers site to see if it fits your harp. My harp column is actually tapered, being slightly wider at top than bottom, so I fixed a couple of extra thin wedges (tapered slivers) of cork on both insides of the clamp to compensate and make a good grip onto the pillar.

    The harp-desk holds my small laptop. It flips around to use as a tablet, measures 12″ x 7.5″ and weighs 1.2 kg. So much more sturdy than a light weight music stand. Mine is the larger harp-desk, but will only accommodate two sheets of music or opened folder/book. It doesn’t work for laying out three sheets where you could on a regular music stand by using a cardboard backing sheet or extender and overhanging either side of the stand.

    On occasions, I get buzzing happening when playing certain low strings and the vibrations go through to the music sitting on the harp-desk. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this? I can minimize it by using a sheet of felt behind my folder (or in extreme need I’ll blu-tack folder to the desk 😉

    Despite these couple of minor issues, I love my harp-desk and would recommend to anyone considering buying one. 👍🏼

    • Amanda Barnes

      Member
      15 July, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks for the information! I’m putting this on my wishlist!

    • Nicole Potter

      Member
      15 July, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks again! I pulled the trigger and went ahead and ordered one 🙂

  • Alyssa Cowell

    Member
    16 July, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Another happy harp-desk user here! I have an iPad Air, so it’s pretty lightweight, but having my music at such a convenient distance to turn pages with a finger swipe is absolutely worth the price; you won’t regret it!

  • nightthunder Dupuis

    Member
    17 July, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for asking that question. I, too, have been curious. Now it looks like this is a good item to put on my gift request list. Thanks all for your input.

  • Nicole Potter

    Member
    28 July, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Went ahead and purchased it! I’m not disappointed. It’s beautiful, takes up so much less space than my metal stand did, and fits my iPad Pro 12.9 just fine. You do have to fuss with the placement a bit to get it just right so your hand doesn’t hit it while playing low notes (maybe I just have a long pinky) and so that the balance feels right. With trial and error I was able to find the perfect spot!

  • Sarah Bruce

    Member
    29 July, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Looks lovely Nicole. Compliments the harp beautifully. Glad you’re happy with it, and found the position that works best. I’ve ended up placing mine quite low so it’s not blocking people’s view of my hands.

  • Erika Lieberman

    Member
    5 August, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    I love my harp desk! I actually prefer to use it with an ipad, because when I use paper sheet music on it I sometimes get some buzzing which drives me nuts. lol But it’s really wonderful and liberating – I’ve always hated having to wrangle and re-position a music stand while playing harp!

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