Well... in experimenting this afternoon, I understood why some harpers, such as Grainne Hambly tune the harp to Eb. I tried messing with the levers and concluded that it's a lot simpler if you are in Eb to begin with, then lever it up to F or C or whatever. I won't retune the harp, nor will I risk bringing it to your session in that case!
I have had some great experiences playing with some wonderful Eb players over the past few years, in concert though, this will be the first time in a session. My preference is to just tune it up rather than capo, clearer sound. I like the slightly lighter sound of Eb. Maybe we can do a C session another time, some afternoon or something. I play with a melodeon player who plays a C/F box as a single row, one or the other, and prefers to play in F. Very interesting sound. Wouldn't mind an F session, but that's asking too much I fear! I did find myself playing some really interesting configurations though, and had to do some real thinking about it at first. Great sound...will have some samples for you to hear if there is a chance.
Noel Hill and Tommy Peoples play in Eb, sounds great.
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From: Frank Claudy<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: Eb session?
Hi Iris: Anything you want to do on harp, we will play, or if we don't know it, we will drone.....I had a C, but I sold it and haven't picked up another. Now C whistles are another matter: In Clarkes alone, I have 8, some from the 19th C. (tuned to a different Hz C than nowadays.) I may have to bring some C whistles, just in case.