Norris Pro Levers
Unique to Mark Norris Harps, any Standard 34, Round-Back 34 or Lute-Back 34 harp can be fitted with Norris Pro levers which were specially designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding and technically advanced players.
The levers opperate easily with an up and down action, inlcuding a return spring, making them quick and efficient to use for rapid key changes. All without moving the strings out of alingment or wearing them out, even with extreme use. Particularly exciting for adventurous players who are interested in more chromatic music or new playing techniques with semitone slides & trills.
Fully adjustable to guarantee perfect tuning and precision engineered from brass and stainless steel for both professional reliabilty and professional appearance. A set of Norris Pro levers actually has more precision engineered components than a pedal harp mechanism! So, although it is an expensive option for a small harp, it is remarkably good value for money.
After the first 29 years of constant ( and in some cases fairly savage ) professional use of harps with Norris Pro levers, they are all still working beautifully! Norris Semitone Levers come with a ten year guarantee and will give perfect semitones for many more decades to come.
Gold Plated Camac Levers
A Norris harp fitted with Camac levers costs around £2,400 less than a harp with Norris Pro levers. Please note however, that these are still very high quality professional levers which are considered to be some of the very best available in the small harp world.
Camac levers are engineered to provide a very smooth and quiet up (on) and down (off) lever action, producing good unimpaired tone. The strings are only moved very slightly in towards the harp frame when the levers are engaged and there is almost no string wear. The levers are adjustable to ensure precise tuning.
Camac levers have proved to be very robust over years of use - but, if a lever is ever damaged, it can very easily be replaced ( by a player themselves if required ).
A harp fitted with Camac Levers is around 1.3Kg lighter than a harp fitted with the Norris Pro Levers on their engraved brass plate. So, if your priority is for a light weight harp, then Camac Levers or AluLite Levers may be a better choice than Norris Pro levers.
TT AluLite Levers
There have been many interesting new developments in harp levers over recent years ... and the excellent new TT AluLite lever is perhaps the best yet! Created by Allan Shiers ( pedal harp designer with Teifi Harps in Wales ) in collaboration with Mark Norris, this superb new lever is musically excellent ... and is also very light weight and very affordable!
The AluLite levers are engineered to provide a very smooth and quiet up (on) and down (off) lever action, producing perfect unimpaired tone. The strings are not moved out of alignment when the levers are engaged and there is no string wear, even with frequent use ... and perhaps most exciting for more advanced players, the new levers are excellent for semitone slides & trills in jazz and more demanding chromatic music.
Although the new AluLite levers are super light weight ( the largest bass lever weighs only 20g compared to 27g for a Camac lever ) they are also very robust and have been rigorously tested to 24,000 lever movements with no signs of wear. The levers are also cleverly designed so that the tension/feel of the lever movement can be adjusted if a player prefers more/less stiff levers at some point in the future. So, we are confident that the new AluLite lever will give many decades of reliable, maintenance-free service ... and if a lever is ever damaged, it can easily be replaced ( by a player themselves if required ).
A harp fitted with AluLite Levers is around 1.5Kg lighter than a harp fitted with the Norris Pro Levers on their engraved brass plate. So, if your priority is for a light weight harp with high quality levers, then the new AluLite Levers may now be a better choice than Norris Pro levers.