The Reverie harp is a music therapy instrument in pentatonic tuning that anybody can play, no practice needed. There are no wrong notes and it is very soothing with a long sustain due to the metal strings that feels very nice as the vibrations spread through your body.
Some people say it is a combination of lap harp, finish kantele and gusli. The specialty of this instrument is that it has a mirrored tuning, the lowest notes being in the middle and from there going up to the sides. It is also possible to tune the right side and the left side to two different tunings to enjoy a 2 chord tuning to accompany your singing.
It is mostly used in hospiz, hospital, yoga studios, spas, sound therapy and healing settings but can also be enjoyed for private use. Your heart falls in love with it and that is reason enough to buy one and play relaxing and soothing music at the end of a long day.
Things you should know before you buy
You are somewhat limited with the pentatonic tuning and you cannot play "normal songs" with it like you can with a celtic harp. Also there is no color coding for strings - they all look the same (same problem with kantele and a lot of similar instruments) which makes it harder to navigate. Plus it has to be tuned a lot more than an instrument with nylon or carbon strings. They are quite sensitive to temperature changes. Besides that, it is a great little instrument to relax with and enjoy when you do not want to engage your mind in making music.
Where to buy?
How to tune the Reverie Harp? / Alternative Tuning Charts for Reverie Harp:
"Although 95% of our customers don’t use anything other than the standard Reverie Harp tuning, we do have other tunings available.
Alternatives in Pentatonic Tuning
Alternatives in Diatonic Tuning
If you do not insist on the pentatonic tuning, you can shop for a finish kantele, gusli, zither, psaltery or any similar diatonic instrument. They are not the same as the Reverie harp, but just similar enough for me to recommend what else is there: