The story of how I came across the International Harp Museum in #Orlando #harp #museum #history #Meko :)
When I agreed to meet with a seller on eBay, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I was seeking a used lever harp and came across a gentleman in Orlando. Turns out, this gentleman, Meko, is the founder and director of the International Harp Museum (IHM). (The IHM is currently looking for a new home so it is temporarily set up out of Meko’s home.) I was in complete awe when I walked through the door. I was greeted by many varieties of harps ranging from single action pedal harps from the 1700’s to double action pedal harps from the 1800’s (probably one of the first!). The IHM is home to many Wurlitzer harps, which haven’t been in production since the 1930’s and also Lyon and Healy harps. All of the harps were unique and beautifully decorated. Some were gold plated but all had such intricate details on the crown. The soundboards had different designs; there was even a pink painted soundboard with design, “The Famous Pink 11”! I could have easily spent hours looking at these incredible instruments and learning about their history! I’m so fortunate to play such an incredible, magnificent instrument. If you are looking to learn and see all things harp you MUST check out the International Harp Museum! Please take a moment to check out the their website. The International Harp Museum is not for profit so please make a donation if you can! :)
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