40 Strings Harps – Salvi Ana and Lyon & Healy Prelude

Salvi’s Ana and Lyon & Healy’s Prelude have always been popular choices among harpists. Let’s explore the reasons behind their popularity and provide some insights for those who are currently choosing a harp.

  1. Ana and Prelude have a classic appearance with carefully crafted designs and beautifully painted soundboxes.
  2. The harp body is tall with perfectly proportioned parts.
  3. The soundbox is larger than those of typical Lever Harps, which enhances its melodious resonance.
  4. They are made from the same high-quality wood as Pedal Harps, and their craftsmanship rivals that of Pedal Harps.
  5. If Pedal Strings are chosen, the string tension and spacing are the same as those of Pedal Harps.
  6. They have 40 strings, ranging from 1st Oct. E to 6th Oct. A, which allows for playing all Lever Harp music and exam pieces.
  7. They do not take up much space and are easy to maintain.
  8. They are attractively priced, being priced at 30% to 40% of the cost of entry-level Salvi and Lyon & Healy Pedal Harps.

Next, let’s take a look at the differences between Salvi’s Ana and Lyon & Healy’s Prelude:

Salvi Ana

  • Height: 63″ (160 cm)
  • Width: 31 1/2″ (80 cm)
  • Weight: 44 lbs, 20 kg
  • Soundbox Width: 15″, 38 cm
  • String Type: Lever Strings / Pedal Strings (two versions available)
  • Number of Strings and Range: 40 strings, 1st Oct. E to 6th Oct. A
  • Wood:Fiemme Valley red spruce
  • Made in Italy

Lyon & Healy Prelude

  • Height: 64″ (163 cm)
  • Width: 33 1/4″ (85 cm)
  • Weight: 44 lbs, 19.9 kg
  • Soundbox Width: 14 7/8″, 38 cm
  • String Type: Pedal Strings Number of Strings and Range: 40 strings, 1st Oct. E to 6th Oct. A
  • Wood: Sitka Spruce from the Pacific Northwest/Western North America
  • Prelude comes with a scalloped bronze crown ornament and claw-shaped feet.

In terms of sound, Salvi’s Ana has a brighter and livelier tone, while Prelude has a thicker and more resonant tone. However, other perceptions of sound are subjective and difficult to describe in words. We encourage you to personally try and select a harp, and feel free to inquire with us for more information.  Welcome to the world of harp playing!    

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