La Maison Glissando
Our new harp store will open soon!
Just a few minutes from Montreal, directly off the Victoria Bridge and accessible by public transportation, Maison Glissando will be the harp reference in Quebec! You will soon find all the following products and services:
- Lyon & Healy harps
- Dusty Strings harps
- Salvi harps
- Harp strings
- Harp transport cover and dolleys
- Music stands and benches
- Harp compact disc
- Other accessories: tuners, pickups, etc.
- Harp school: private or semi private harp lessons
- Music chamber lessons
- Oasis musical (Private harp performances)
- Harp rental
The official opening of Maison Glissando is scheduled for autumn 2017. However, we can receive you right now (by appointment) in our showroom.
Dusty Strings, Salvi and Lyon & Healy harps
Harpists finally have the opportunity to try harps before buying them instead of ordering them and then discover upon arrival.
We are official dealers of Dusty Strings, Salvi and Lyon & Healy harps!
We are proud to offer you the range of their products on display in our showroom. Several Dusty Strings models including the popular Ravenna's are presented in two different sizes and colors. The intermediate model Crescendo 34, and the high end model FH36S are also available on site for you to compare.
The excellent Lyon & Healy harps: Ogden, Troubadour VI and Prelude 40 are also available on display. The Troubadour VI model is available in two finishes: natural and mahogany.
May you consider buying a Lyon and Healy pedal harp, you can try out three different pedal harps: 85 model, style 23 and style 2000 electro-acoustic.
Importing harp always brings its share of surprises and unexpected fees. We do the Canadian custom clearance ourselves to save you money. Depending on models, it is also possible to save half of international transport costs. We also offer transport of your new harp directly at your home in the Montreal area as well as outside the area for a reasonable fee.
To see and compare harps, contact us to schedule an appointment.
Available harps for sale
Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable.
Our top-of-the-line 26-string harp, the FH26 has a sweet and surprisingly strong voice, with the added resonance that comes from all solid wood construction.
The Ravenna 34 features nearly five octaves of the characteristic Dusty Strings sound - a warm, strong bass balanced by a bright, clear treble.
The Crescendo 34 delivers a great combination of range, performance and value in an elegant and easy-to-manage harp. Currently available with Camac levers.
The FH36S surrounds the player with a round, full-bodied and well articulated sound, and its generous depth, power and responsiveness make playing seem effortless.
Boulevard Classic 34
The 34-string Boulevard was designed with classical players and students in mind, and is quite different in feel and sound from our other harps. The tone is warm and full and the higher-tension concert gut strings provide a shorter sustain than the “typical” Dusty Strings sound.
The Ogden model from Lyon & Healy is a great harp for both professionals and beginners seeking an easy to carry harp.
This celtic harp is the world’s best-selling lever harp. The Troubadour VI has the same string spacing and tension as Lyon & Healy pedal harps.
The classic and romantic design of this celtic harp makes it almost look like a pedal harp. The Prelude 40 offers a decorated spruce soundboard which delivers a rich and powerful sound.
Salvi Mia 34
The 34 string Mia is an elegant, high quality instrument with a rich, clear sound that is built to be light and compact for ease of portability. It is a perfect harp for beginners of any age who need a reliable instrument for practice.
Gaia is the first student model created by Salvi specifically as a preparatory instrument to the pedal harp. Equipped with 38 pedal harp strings, the Gaia has the same string tension, spacing, and gauge of a Salvi pedal harp.
Lightweight and portable, the new 38-string Una features a sophisticated and captivating Celtic design. Its unique Silkgut® Copper strings containing copper powder from 4th octave B to 5th octave D remove any musical “jump” from wire to non-wire strings, and lend to the Una’s indulgence of rich tones and deep bass.
Buying a harp
Buying a harp is certainly an important decision. It is better to be well informed and understand the main differences between the types of harps before buying your own one.
It is preferable to get a lever harp because that type of harp will let you play in many different tones and you will not be restricted to a limited repertoire. As an alalogy, a harp with no levers can be compared to a piano without the black keys (flats and sharps). A celtic harp may cost between 1000$ and 10000$ depending on the models and size.
The cost and complexity of the grand pedal harp are factors that made it rarely advisable for beginners.
Harps, accessories, music sheets and services
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- International Music Service - Lyra Music Publications
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