You want the levers to make accidentals without sounding out of tune (use an electronic tuner to check).
Pedal Harp: as with the lever harp, you would like a reasonably straight column, a fairly flat soundboard, and no visible cracks inside (use a flashlight) or outside.
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Be sure the discs engage the low strings by putting the pedals in the lowest notch and checking that the strings are not falling off the pins of the discs. Finding a good used pedal harp can be tricky and time-consuming.
Many people looking for a pedal harp see the prices of the new harps and assume that buying a used one will save them several thousands of dollars. You can find a good used harp, but you need to know the facts about pedal harps, what to look for and what to ask the seller.
Those who responded are: harp restorer and builder Howard Bryan; harp tech and regulator Karen Rokos; harp builder and repairer Carl Swanson; master harp technician Peter Wiley; and harpist colleagues/Harp Spectrum committee members John Carrington, Patricia Jaeger and Patti Warden.
Resetting the column block: very few harpists know about this and they wont be able to make a fully informed choice about where to get their harps rebuilt, buy a used harp or even a new one without this critical information.
If you stand facing a well-built new harp, you will notice a very slight lean to the left in the vertical orientation of the column.
If you dont care to read this whole article, here are some basic guidelines.
Lever Harp: you would like a reasonably straight column, a fairly flat soundboard, and no visible cracks inside (use a flashlight) or outside.
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(Personally, I would not even consider buying a new harp whose column is absolutely vertical when it is new!