Laminated wood is another word for plywood, which is made of multiple thin layers of wood glued together to form a panel. In middle and lower priced instruments, plywood is often used because it saves time over working with solid wood. It is a strong and durable material and tends to be less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. When made well, plywood instruments sound quite nice, although a comparable instrument made of solid wood would typically have more resonance, clarity, depth and richness of tone. We use the highest grade of plywood available.
Playing the harp is much easier and more enjoyable when you have an instrument that sounds good and functions well, and this is the driving concept behind the Ravenna models. To provide the best performance, the Ravenna is made with the same high-quality hardware and materials as our more expensive models. So, in order to meet our goal of affordability for the most budget-conscious harpists, we came up with an innovative construction technique that reduces the time we put into building them. We also priced separately all the accessories and options that are useful but not immediately essential, which is why the base price includes just the instrument, a tuning wrench, and the most commonly-used sharping levers. Each person can add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.
The Ravenna 34 features nearly five octaves of the characteristic Dusty Strings sound - a warm, strong bass balanced by a bright, clear treble. It has a comfortable stave-back design and even string tension, allowing for precision playing. To keep the carrying size of the harp relatively compact and portable, the stand (if you choose to include one) is completely removable and comes apart to fit in one of the case pockets.
Additional sharping levers can be ordered with the harp or added later, as budget allows. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on, but it does require time and detailed work, so we usually recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate. More levers means a wider range of available playing keys, and anyone who gets seriously into playing the harp will eventually want a full set of levers.
Most people find that raising the Ravenna 34 about 5" off the floor is a comfortable height for playing, and you can choose either a drop-down leg or a stand to achieve this. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob and adjusts to any height. It is very flexible and portable, but must be retracted into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises it about 5 inches (8" and 12" legs are also available) and holds it steady on four legs. If neither option fits in the budget, you can set it up on a small box or step-stool while playing.
The CD34 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. It has thick foam padding and a water resistant exterior, with a comfortable shoulder strap and numerous pockets for a stand, legs, music and other accessories. Backpack straps are also available.
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Ravenna 34 with C, F & B levers: $1665 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench.
Ravenna 34 with full levers: $1995 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench.
Alternate color options
Price: $50 black / $160 green or burgundy
Additional Loveland sharping levers installed
Price: $20 each lever
The Dusty Harp Pickup installed
Drop-down leg for on-the-go playing
Stand with four legs
Camac sharping levers installed
"I just wanted to let you all know how much I am enjoying my new Ravenna 34. I am a professional harpist, and own a pedal harp and also a 36-string lever harp. Your Ravenna is a great little harp! I find her to be the most fun and comfortable to play of all my harps, and I have already "taken her out" to play for several gigs. I love the stave back, the steel bass strings which are very resonant, and the drop-down leg when not using the nice four-leg stand. The traveling case with all its neat pockets is also a great feature of your harps. Your expert craftsmanship on the entire package of harp and case is to be commended."
-Balfour Knight (Balsam, North Carolina)
"I just wanted to say how delighted I am with my Ravenna 34 and the dusty strings pickup. I ordered from Clive Morley harps as I live in the UK (Guernsey in the Channel Islands). Within a day of the harp arriving I had been asked to perform on the local radio and the interest hasn't stopped! I just negotiated a long-term contract to play twice a week at a local restaurant and have been busking, playing at corporate events, weddings and attracting new students! I have been experimenting with effects pedals and the local audiences are absolutely loving the music. The harp is delightful to play, and I am having so much fun with the "electronic" aspect of the performances. I had always been relatively in demand as a local harpist, but the sight of a burgundy harp on the chrome leg and the sound of the effects has really caught the imagination of the locals."
-Autumn Curtis-Summers (St. Peter Port, Guernsey, U.K.)
"I love my Ravenna!! The best parts for me are the removable base, but also the extendable foot: I'm a singer as well, and it's so nice to be able to stand with the harp to accompany myself when I sing. It has come in very handy many times!"
-Caitlyn Bowser (Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies)