When you need to transport a pedal harp for performances or other events, you may encounter various problems. Here are some tips to help you avoid damage and transport the harp safely.
- Preparation: Choose appropriate protection accessories for the harp and follow the correct steps to properly secure it before transport to reduce damage from impacts.
- Use of a harp dolly: Pedal harps can weigh up to 40 kg and are tall, even with proper transportation covers, they are difficult to carry without a dolly. Salvi and Lyon & Healy both offer specialized harp dollies with either two or six wheels, including stairs. These are designed to significantly reduce the physical effort required to move the harp.
- Understand the route and clear obstacles: Before moving the harp, try to understand the route, measure if there is enough space, especially at corners, to ensure the harp can pass through. Obstacles and narrow doors are major enemies during transport. Extra care must be taken not to hit the harp or its top.
- Seek help: To ensure a smooth transport process, it is best to find a helper, especially if the harp owner is not used to moving the harp. Discuss the transport plan ahead of time to reduce the risk of accidents. If the transport route is too long, take breaks to avoid exhaustion.
- Slow down and think carefully: Harps are delicate instruments, and even with proper protection accessories, extra care should be taken during transport. Slower movement can enhance the harp’s stability on the dolly and avoid shaking or collision. Pedal harps are up to 190 cm tall, so low ceilings, especially indoor hanging decorations, should be avoided.
If you lack confidence in handling the transport of a pedal harp, contact a professional moving company for specialized harp transport services to remove your worries.