Aberdeen Meadows Harp (36 strings)
The Rees Aberdeen Meadows Harp is the flagship of the Rees Concert Lever Harp line. It is made to project a large concert quality voice rich with subtlety and color. The light string tension supports an extremely wide dynamic range allowing intention and interpretation to come to the fore. Unique to Rees Harps, this 36-string harp comes in two ranges, C to C and A to A. The two Aberdeens are the same size with the string tension of the C to C being very slightly more firm. Both Aberdeen Meadows Harps come with full Rees sharping levers. The Aberdeen also has a 3.5 (8.9cm) inch shoulder to allow comfortable play with a full range of motion. Depending upon wood selection this five octave harp weighs 25 to 27 pounds (11.4 to 12.5kg) and stands 55 inches (140cm) tall. Like all Rees Concert Line Harps the Aberdeen comes with a tuning wrench, care sheet and a lifetime warranty.
The base price on an Aberdeen is $5,125 US. We require 25% of your initial order at the time the order is placed. Prior to ordering any Rees harp please carefully read our Terms and Conditions and our Ordering FAQ page. If you are ready to order now just head on in to our Rees Marketplace.
Same Harp in Two Ranges - C to C or A to A
It is no surprise that many Celtic harpers yearn for that low A string. They, after all, live in a musical environment where guitars are tuned in D-A-D-G-A-D and there is a long tradition of music favoring those keys. Additionally, many Irish harpers drive break-neck musical ornamentation and require a harp with both light tension and great sensitivity. Achieving this on a harp with as big a voice and wide a dynamic range as a Rees Aberdeen Meadows took a bit of doing but harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh asked us to give it a go so we did. The resulting Rees A to A Aberdeen Meadows Concert Line Harp has a voice big enough for ceili dances with all the richness and color you could want for a ballad. When you hear it you will know, this harp was made to make alive both the verve and the sorrow of the Irish.
Rees Aberdeen Meadows Harp Audio Clips
Many people request a clip of the harp being played. We are happy to provide one but with this basic understanding: any harp will only sound as good as the speakers and the bass and treble pre-sets of your computer. In other words, in many ways our harp will sound like your computer. Additionally, you have no way to compare one harp to another via Mp3 because you have no control over the recording conditions and variables. If you are listening on iTunes, on a computer, you can improve the quality of what you hear in the iTunes Application by going to Window then to Equalizer and, within the equalizer, selecting Acoustic. You might want to boost the Preamp a bit too. If you do this before you play the clip below you may have a result which is a bit closer to how the harp really sounds.
Máire Ní Chathasaigh, who plays her A to A Aberdeen in the clip below, has a website which is not only full to bursting with information about her but also links you to all sorts of other glorious musical places. Darlene Walton, with whom we had the joy of working with for many years, now teaches beginning students from around the world through her website. We also carry Darlene's books of music in our Rees Marketplace.
Rees Sharping Levers
Rees Sharping Levers provide solid, true-to-tone sharping. The levers have long handles and "jewels" on the C and F strings acting as both tactile and visual aids to allow for rapid and accurate levering. Read here for more on levers.
Make Your Aberdeen Your Own with Custom Ornamentation
Rees Harps Inc. has long been known for the ornamentation customers can have added to their harps. We have a generous selection of standard ornamentation and many customers create their own uniquely chosen combinations to turn our standard offerings into something which is distinctive. Entirely custom ornamentation, like the dragonfly above, is a truly sui generis choice. While harps with fully custom ornamentation take quite a bit longer for us to complete they are unmatched and form a superb reflection of their singular players.