The Virginia Harp Center, located in Midlothian, Virginia, claims to have the largest harp selection on the East Coat of the United States. They also have another site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their website does a very good job of explaining the differences between Camac, Lyon & Healy, and Salvi harps.
The Virginia Harp Center is as much of a mom and pop store as you will find these days. The wife, Mrs. D’Arville, is a successful harpist who plays for the local symphony and is an experienced teacher. Mr. D’Arville is a successful businessman.
While they have a good array of harp accessories on their site, they only have a minimal amount of each one. When it comes to sheet music, however, the selection is outstanding. In addition, their inventory of electric harps is better than most of the other websites.
The Virginia Harp Center offers Lyon & Healy, Salvi, Camac, Dusty strings, Triplett, and Thormahlen harps for sale.
Even though the Virginia Harp Center is located in Virginia, they will ship to different national locations for prospective buyers to test. They also offer a trade-in for harps that have been purchased within the last five years. When we checked the site, they had eleven harps for sale.
They have a very nice price list that lists all of their harps and all of their prices in one concise table. We also liked their links page which tells of harp festivals in the southern U.S.
We were immediately impressed with their warranty information section. There is a good deal of warranty information listed right on their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
On the FAQ page, they featured information on consignments, reservations, and having harps transferred to other showrooms. They also had a regulation schedule with contact information for the certified harp technician.
We read that they offer financing, but were never able to locate any other information on it.
Virginia Harp Center’s home page is very user-friendly and is very streamlined. We were able to navigate around very easily and we found good information available for each of the featured harp makers.
Unfortunately, the information available for each individual harp is rather limited compared to the other harp websites. We also felt impaired by the inability to shop by brand and we noticed there was no way to enlarge the images for each of the products offered. In addition, we were irritated that so much of their information was only available via PDF downloads. We’d prefer they made web pages for all of the information.
The Virginia Harp Center is a good source for purchasing harps, and they provide some useful features and information to help you make the decision.