The 9 Best Harps

Updated March 05, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

9 Best Harps
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There may be no other instrument in the world that sounds as enchanting as a harp. So, if you fancy trying your hand at its elegance, or you know of a budding harpist whom you want to encourage in his or her musical career, check out our selection of instruments. We've included models suitable for beginners, including portable ones, as well as more professional options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best harp on Amazon.

9. Music Maker Lap

The Music Maker Lap is a compact and portable instrument that's easy and enjoyable to play. You can slip song sheets right under the bridge, making it simple for new musicians to follow along as they learn to master the music. Each unit is handmade in Belarus.
  • includes a tuner and pick
  • 12 pages of tunes
  • hard to find replacement strings
Brand Music Maker
Model 01
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Roosebeck Lily

While the lovely little Roosebeck Lily is more of a decorative item than a serious instrument, its eight strings do produce a nice sound when strummed or plucked. Just don't plan to use it in a professional orchestral setting.
  • hand-engraved rosewood frame
  • dupont hard nylon strings
  • small range limits expression
Brand Mid-East
Model HLLA-K
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Mid-East Baby 12-String

The Mid-East Baby 12-String may not have any sharpening levers to speak of, but it isn't really intended for that level of musicianship. It makes a wonderful starter instrument for a young aspiring harpist, or a great portable addition to an indie band's soundscape.
  • f above middle c to high c range
  • birch soundboard
  • doesn't tune cleanly
Brand Mid-East
Model HPBY
Weight 5.5 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Schoenhut C1019C 15 String

The Schoenhut C1019C 15 String bridges the gap between a toy and a genuine instrument, and is a great choice for the young musician just taking an interest, but not yet sure if he or she wants to commit to serious practice and performance.
  • miniature bench included
  • wooden elements
  • falls out of tune regularly
Brand Schoenhut
Model C1019C
Weight 12 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Mid-East Mini Kinnor

The design of the Mid-East Mini Kinnor goes back to the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. It blends its style with that of the guitar, and is an enjoyable instrument to play around with, though mastery can be a challenge.
  • lightweight and portable
  • soft storage bag included
  • requires frequent restringing
Brand Mid-East
Model HKNM
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Design Toscano Celtic Heather

The striking Design Toscano Celtic Heather sounds every bit as good as it looks, and that's quite a statement given the handsome engraving and inlay pattern on this instrument. It is hand-carved from rosewood, mahogany, and birch.
  • traditional full 22-string build
  • durable metal tuning pegs
  • not true celtic knots
Brand Design Toscano
Model MD4842
Weight 23.7 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Rees Harps Harpsicle

The Rees Harps Harpsicle boasts the quality of modern construction and materials, yet offers the timeless sonic qualities harpists have loved for centuries. It can be readily played in the key of C or A Minor, or can be tuned to other scales by experienced musicians.
  • lightweight yet durable
  • rich powerful sound
  • weighs only four pounds
Brand Rees Harps
Model Harp1000black
Weight 6.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Roosebeck Pixie 19-String

The Roosebeck Pixie 19-String is a good place for an aspiring talent to begin, as it offers almost the full range of a 22-string instrument with just a few of the lower bass tones elided. It also features 19 sharpening levers for more complete articulation.
  • resonant rosewood frame
  • extra set of hard nylons included
  • holds its tuning well
Brand Roosebeck
Model HPXA
Weight 12 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Roosebeck Heather Vine

Standing at 36 inches tall with a large, birch plywood soundboard, the Roosebeck Heather Vine offers a full 22-string array that produces a clear, rich, and encompassing tone. Its engraved and inlaid sheesham frame looks almost as good as the instrument sounds.
  • c3 to c6 tonal range
  • comes with a tuning tool
  • dupont nylon strings
Brand Roosebeck
Model HTHA-V
Weight 15.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 05, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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