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I bought this harp very excited to have a nice little instrument to begin learning on. There were some mixed reviews, but most were positive so I decided to take the plunge. What arrived was an unplayable instrument with six. SIX. improperly installed tuners. The tuners turned freely in the wood making it impossible to tune. If I did try and tune a string, it would immediately detune into the original (incorrect) non-pitch. I tried emailing the company several times, however I never got any response (and yes, I had the correct email). Disappointed in quality and utter failure of customer service. Will be returning to amazon
I need a small harp for traveling - and the Aklot 15 string seems to be a harp that reviews have mentioned is acceptable. It is tuned in 2 octaves with the lowest string being C4 (middle C on the piano). I like how it's very lightweight, and using the strap buttons with a strap would be helpful for keeping it on your lap (or between your knees) more securely. But the strings? Oh my. Of course the colors are not correct, but they seem to be made of plastic - not nylon. Like a material you would find on a $15 plastic 'ukulele with plastic strings. Needless to say it sounds horrible - really more like a toy than a harp. There are harp companies that do make nylon, "real harp" string sets for the Aklot. It's imperative that you change the strings if you expect to play this as a real harp. The tuning pins are similar to other harps (they are not zither pins) but probably a Chinese design. Although the plastic strings are still stretching (normal) and need constant tuning, I don't think these tuning pins are reliable - of course only time will tell. The tuning key is particular to this harp - other tuning keys will likely not work. The harp I received has some nicks in the wood, and some areas that look like someone tried to restrain over the nicks to cover them. That doesn't bother me, but if you're a purist just expect that. I'm not sure if replacing the strings with nylon harp strings ($50) will make the harp sound good? Possibly. Will the tuners hold pitch? I'm not sure.
This harp has been quite a disappointment so far. When it arrived, it was missing the tuning wrench and the strap, which was irritating, but the company responded quickly and promised to send replacements. In the meantime, I used a friend's tuning wrench to get the harp ready for Christmas morning, but the pegs are so loose that it is untunable - for more than sixty seconds, at any rate. I tried pushing the pegs in, to get them to grip more tightly, but even so they turn slowly but visibly back to their original position. It's a good looking instrument, and other people seem to have had a different experience, but the one I got was definitely not worth the money.
My harp came untuned, so I went in and tried to tune it. Only thing, was that the bottom 3 or 4 strings IMMEDIATELY starts winding back and refuse to stay even close to their intended note for tuning. Such a waste :/
This harp is literary pain in the ass. I am tuning for a month now and it does not sound well at all. It mixes the chords simultaneously when i try to play. Can anybody suggest something? Or cam i return? This is useless.