Acclimatizing your harp

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    For the past four years my harp has been sitting in my church’s music room in South Carolina. Over that time, I’ve gradually ended up moving west and stopping in Phoenix, AZ. I’ll be picking it up in late March and I’m a little concerned with the climate change. Going from an environment of mild humidity to one with next to no humidity, will I need to give my harp extra time to adjust so as not to damage it? I’m thinking of having it in my apartment in Phoenix for a week before even trying a rough tune. I really don’t want my soundboard or neck to crack! Does anyone have any experience with this?

    P.S. I have a Lyon&Healy 85CG. It is about 5 or 6 years old.


    Hi Adam,

    I faced the same problem when I bought my concertina from England and my Wurlitzer harp from Florida.


    I second Rod’s comment.


    Thank you for the advice! I’m not native to Phoenix, so please forgive the next question. Do I have to worry about taking it to gigs/events where the humidity won’t be what I keep it at home (weddings, church, venues, etc.)? Wouldn’t this give the harp a tendency to go sharp on me while performing?

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