Took delivery today on aforementioned Stoney End Eve 22.
The harp arrived about two full steps under tune, which was fine because I was regretted not leaving a note to detune for shipping.
So I’ve got the harp up to reasonable tune, and it DOES sound much better than my Pixie 19- brighter and more resonant- You can just feel the box has more resonance.
But now what I notice is a bit of bowing of the harp- and not sure how well t shows in the photos-
My question- Is this at all normal? And if so how much bow should ne be concerned about? The harp is designed to place the pins over the center line where the strings meet the soundboard below and obviously get some stress from that side the, but how much is “tolerable”?
I can still return the harp at this point so I’m wondering. There is as yet no evidence of the top joint separating in any way. but the bow in it is apparent. Is this joint ever reinforced, in older harps, and would the placing of metal or wooden strips across the joint to add strength- see photoshopped picture- diminish the sound quality much? I’m sure it would probably NOT enhance any resale value.
Also in the meantime, I queried Stoney End as to the age of the harp based upon the serial number, and they promptly e-mailed me back. I was surprised to learn the harp actually dates back to 1992- there’s not a scratch on it otherwise, and it appears as if no strings have ever been replaced unless done so very professionally.
To those who replied that they also own an Eve harp- Does yours exhibit any bowing such as this? At this point I’m still contemplating a return, but unsure I will then repurchase another harp soon. My only alternative at getting more strings at anything near this price is the a paki harp at substantially more cost. The sound of this one will probably spoil me if I keep it. Despite the bowing it does sound sweet!