Fixing Slipping Tuning Pins

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Question: Some of my tuning pins keep slipping. How can I correct this problem?

John Gill is Harp Technician for Melody’s Traditional Music. Cypress, Texas

John Gill is Harp Technician for Melody’s Traditional Music.
Cypress, Texas

Tuning pin maintenance is something you should do every time you tune. If the pin is too tight and difficult to turn, you need to pull it out a little bit with the tuning key while bringing the string to pitch. If the pin is slipping, it should be pressed inward while turning the pin. Loose pins may require a bit of muscle to twist/grind the pin snugly into the harp neck. The advice to “push in your pin” is meaningless unless you add a twisting motion to set the tapered pin snugly into the tapered hole.

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