Pedals up or down?

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Should I put all my levers down (or all pedals in the flat position) when the harp is not in use?

Erich Rase, harp technician for 35 years after starting as an apprentice with Victor Salvi in 1979.  Lansing, Mich.

Erich Rase, harp technician for 35 years after starting as an apprentice with Victor Salvi in 1979. Lansing, Mich.

When a harp is at rest, or to put it differently, when it is not being played or is being stored, it should be in its lowest state of dynamic pressure. It must be under the least tension that is conveniently feasible. For pedal harps, this means the pedals are to be kept in the flat position, and for lever harps, the sharpening levers are to be in the flat or the disengaged position. These considerations are very important for the following reasons.

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