Remarkable French harpist Sylvain Blassel is best known for for his unarranged, note-for-note, performances and recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. This is a genuinely extraordinary accomplishment on harp. As you might expect, Sylvain did not get there magically, he spent (and still spends) hours upon hours each day in practice. Interestingly, while he does most of that practice on one of his restored, antique pedal harps, he also uses a Rees Flatsicle Harp. He tells us that he likes to play his Flatsicle Harp while on the train commuting or even while he sits up in bed in the evening and an idea comes to him. He likes to practice specific runs to reinforce the muscle memory in his hands. The little, light Flatsicle Harp isn't a harp he performs on but it is a part of building his sparkling performances. At the other end of the musical spectrum, Maria Halcyon, of the Russian punk-folk band Gilead, takes her Flatsicle Harp to a whole new place as she dances wildly on stage while playing, completely overtaken by the music. American pedal and lever harpist Christine Van Arsdale teaches and performs widely with her larger harps but loves her little Flatsicle Harp because it is so easy to take out and about. Rees Flatsicle Harps make it easy for even the most highly skilled harpists to have at least one harp they never worry about or have to treat as "precious." For these skilled, dedicated, intensely focused musicians, Flatsicle Harps represent... well... freedom.
6.2 lbs. (2.81 kg)
36" tall (91.44 cm)
G to C below Middle C
Levers on the C, F, and B strings