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Old 02-03-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Anyone know anything about Autoharps?

I listened in on a bluegrass jam session Saturday and someone brought an Autoharp. I haven't thought about those for years and it sparked my interest again. I use to play a little guitar and have 4 that just stay in the cases because of stiff hands these days. I thought maybe an Autoharp would be fun to learn

Oscar Schmidt is the most well known and probably what I would buy since custom harps are a bit out of my price range. I could use some guidance on what to look for and which model would be a good purchase if I don't plan on trading up in the future. I'm considering a 21 chord model.

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Old 02-03-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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Wow! There sure are lots of opinions out there:
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:43 PM   #3
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This is all I know of the Autoharp:


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Old 02-03-2015, 09:55 PM   #4
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Here's what little I know about autoharp:



Tuning must be a bear.
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Consider an Omnichord or a QChord.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:26 AM   #6
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What I know about them is that they are not as easy to learn to play (well) as they appear to be. I messed around with one back in the 70s and it was sort of like the harmonica - easy to start on, then you hit a wall where you have to put in some serious time to get better. But it is definitely an instrument you can learn the basics on pretty quickly. And probably a good choice with the stiff hands. I didn't stick with it since there were half a dozen other instruments I needed to learn to not play well.


As far as brands and such, no idea.
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...there were half a dozen other instruments I needed to learn to not play well.
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Have not even thought about an autoharp since elementary school...
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What? No one here knows of Bryan Bowers? He takes the auto-harp to new levels. I saw him in the 70's, he was amazing, he picks out complex stuff as he strums it. He is still active.





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And this lady has a great series of videos:



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