It was all fun and games til...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Marikk, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. This morning as I was waiting for my shift to end, I was browsing the local
    Classifieds. Now, keep in mind I live in an area with a relatively smallish population where you just don't see many instruments other that guitars and very occasionally a bass or drum set. So when I seem 4 harps for sale at $2000 plus a piece I had a little laugh with my co worker. Then he turns to me and asks "what if you had to sell all your stuff?" And then maybe having 10k in Harps isn't so odd given what I have in bass gear. Then I became alarmed at what I've spent on bass gear, then I remembered I still have a GAS list longer than a Dingwall B string.
    So as I type this, I swing back and forth like a metronome between laughing and crying.
    Thanks harp selling person for my morning crisis.
  2. Smilodon


    Feb 18, 2012
    Gee, thanks! Now i want a harp as well! :sour:

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  3. I know where you can get some used ones!!
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Just tell your work buddy to quit harping on you. :thumbsup:

    A golden opportunity missed...... :cool:
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  5. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Azle, Texas
    You can get Chinese knockoffs on Ebay for $900.
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  6. Radio


    Jan 8, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    Ah, but which one? There are Celtic harps, and would you like the fancier one where you can change tuning, or should you get one in each common key? How about a nice orchestral harp, too? Then you might want a lighter one for those coffee house gigs. Maybe a trailer to haul them around? GAS in the harp world? Oh yeah . . .
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  7. Small harp story,

    A family friend was shot down over Belgium during W.W.2 and was
    hidden from the Nazi by villagers. After the war, he married a harpist.
    Her students couldn't get harps quickly enough. Big harps( think Harpo
    Mark's style!) have foot pedals for changing keys and are quite big
    and complicated. At the time, the big harp builder was in Chicago and
    had a wait time of years! So it turned out,in the area in Belgium where
    the husband was shot down, they built smaller harps that could be
    bought right away.

    Not sure if they are called "Celtic" harps. I remember she called them
    cross harp style. No foot pedals,two sets of strings crossed over, kind
    of like black and white keys on the piano. Much smaller than a regular
    concert type harp.

    So I can see how these harps might fetch 2 grand each!

    I realized the other day that I have 11 string instruments. Ouch!
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  8. I believe some if not all were Celtic ones
  9. D'oh! That is one of the hazards of the last hour of the graveyard shift (shift work is a cruel mistress)
  10. Oh come on....somebody!

    Which harp is best for metal?
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  11. The Moth-Harp. By far!
  12. franklindayala


    Feb 8, 2015
  13. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    Yeah we have it easy with our instrument ... what people consider over expensive at like 2000$ + it isn't even the less expensive of some classical instrument so yeah
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  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Which is why you don't see many casual harp or other classical instrument players. Unless of course you are in a blues band, then every nimrod within a hundred miles is a harp player and wants to sit in.
  15. Celtic.

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  16. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    I want a sunburst harp with tort pickguard
  17. RobBottom69


    Aug 2, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    What you need to do is get one of those new Sire harps...
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  18. Matthew Hanafin

    Matthew Hanafin

    Dec 23, 2015
    Gotta get those rotoharp 66 stings with the seymour duncan harplines
  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
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  20. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    It makes for a natural selection, but then the band management section would be empty ... hum