- 26 strings, 3½ octaves
- Laminated birch soundbox
- Comfortable staveback design
- Options for full Loveland sharping levers, partial levers, or no levers
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 and a tuning wrench. Each person can add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.
Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable. It has a remarkably full and bright sound for its size, and features our characteristic tuning stability and even string tension. The staveback soundbox provides an extra level of playing comfort.
Other accessories can be ordered with the harp or added later, as budget allows. A common addition is a partial or full set of sharping levers, which opens up the range of available playing keys. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on. It does require time and detailed work, so we usually recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate.
Unless the harp is being played by a small child, you will probably want a drop-down leg or a stand to raise it up to a comfortable height. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob, can be adjusted to any height, and retracts back into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises it about 12 inches (8-inch and 5-inch 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 step-stool while playing.
The CE26 or CD26 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. The CE26 does a good job of giving basic protection to the harp. The CD26 is thicker and has more pockets, including separate, protective compartments to hold the stand base and legs. Both have optional backpack straps.
Ravenna 26 with no sharping levers: $895 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench
Ravenna 26 with C & F levers: $1095 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench
Ravenna 26 with full levers: $1395 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench
Please note that your harp will not look exactly like the photos you see here. Because wood is a natural material, and the color and grain vary from tree to tree, each harp we build is unique.
- 26 strings
- 3½ octaves
- Low: C one octave below middle C
- High: G 2½ octaves above middle C
- Treble and mid-range: nylon monofilament
- Bass: nylon core with nylon wrap
- Full set of Loveland levers
- Loveland levers on C & F
- No levers
- Custom configurations of Loveland levers
- Soundboard: laminated Finland birch with a clear finish
- Neck and pillar: solid ash with clear finish
- Soundbox: laminated Finland birch with black ash-grained vinyl veneer
- Harp: approximately 14 pounds
- Stand adds 3 pounds
Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of the particular tree from which the harp was made.
- Height at back of harp: 35 inches
- Height at front of harp: 39 inches
- Stand adds 5, 8, or 11½ inches
- Maximum soundbox width: 11 inches
- Widest part of harp (front to back): 21 inches
Reviews & Testimonials
DonaldJan 10, 2019I am a multi instrumentalist playing mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and hammered dulcimer. Several years ago I added harp to my stable of instruments with a used lap harp. It was light and portable but I was frustrated by having only 18 strings and the lack of freestanding ability (necessary for quick instrument changes). So I started my search for a more suitable harp. It had to meet certain criteria: it had to cover a minimum of 3 octaves, it had to be free standing, it had to have great sound quality, high quality construction, sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of transport for gigging, and not cost an arm and a leg. When you combine all those criteria, there is really only one harp in the marketplace that meets all of them. And that is the Ravenna 26! Christi was great to work with in discussing my needs. And I was amazed that the harp shipped across the country so well! The shipping box is unique in my experience and so well designed. I have had it about 8 months now and couldn’t be happier! I find having levers on C and F are enough for most of my needs, but I appreciate the ability to add levers easily later if I need them. I know of no other harp that has this feature. If your needs are similar to mine, you definitely want the optional stand with 12 inch legs, and the deluxe case. This package makes transport so easy! If you want a quality harp on a limited budget, this is it, believe me. I get components on its look and sound everywhere I play- care facilities, church, outdoor festivals, wherever. One feature of this harp that is not mentioned on the website is that there is a hole pre-drilled for an output jack. That makes it easy to add a pickup yourself. No messy, risky drilling on your fine instrument! Just take out the plastic plug that covers the hole (you almost could miss it if you don’t know what you’re looking for) and you’re good to go! All in all, I highly recommend the Ravenna 26 for the gigging harper.
HannahAug 24, 2018I have had my Ravenna 26 with extendable leg for about 8 years now, and honestly I can say it was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have been playing harp for nearly 15 years now and have a few harps. Before I got this harp I always struggled to be able to transport my larger instruments to performances and I always envied the ease at which my guitar friends could bring their instruments wherever they wanted. I wanted to be able to easily and quickly go to to play my harp with friends or for community service outreach events, but did not want to sacrifice quality of sound, reliability, playability, and craftsmanship for ease of portability. This is exactly what I found in the Ravenna 26 and I have been harping with this instrument ever since. This harp is truly remarkable and has an amazing sound quality for the size and versatility of the instrument. Since I purchased my harp 8 years ago I have gone camping with my harp in many states, done music education outreach, assisted with mental health awareness events, gone caroling during Christmas, and have traveled to many hospitals and nursing homes to play music. With this harp I can go anywhere, play anywhere, and reach more people with harp music than ever before. If you are wanting a versatile, portable, light weight, high quality instrument to travel with you wherever you go, look no further than the Ravenna 26. You simply won’t find a better harp for that purpose that retains high sound quality and has outstanding craftsmanship anywhere else. I highly recommend this harp, it really is one of the best purchases I have ever made.
LindaJul 16, 2018The Ravenna harp came yesterday and we really love it! The sound is so good for a smaller harp it is amazing! The weight is light for traveling and the wood finish is really smooth. Love the 12 inch legs too, it brings the harp to a comfortable position for playing. I am having lots of fun with this harp - thank you for helping me order it!!
"I wanted to thank you for making such beautiful harps. I'm a beginner harper and purchased a Ravenna 26. I'm not great (yet) but I love playing the harp and I love my Ravenna! Earlier this year my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. 3 weeks later he was gone. One of his requests during his last weeks was to hear me play my harp. Grandpa is hard of hearing and thanks to you lovely people, I had a portable instrument that was loud enough for my grandpa to hear. Thank you, thank you for helping me create such sweet, beautiful memories during that difficult time!"
-Becca I. (Boise, ID)