I have recently acquired an erard gothic harp, I bought it for a good price understanding that it would definitely need a replacement neck (it is very twisted), as well as some other restorative works. What worries me is that where the strings come through the discs they are quite far off center, particularly in the sharps. From what I’ve been told this is caused by the bellying of the soundboard and bending of the body.
Apart from having a little belly on it the soundboard is in pretty good condition so I was hoping if someone in the know would be able to give me some advise. If the neck is replaced will it be possible to correct the string positioning with the new neck? Or is this something that can only be achieved by replacing the soundboard and flattening the body? And (showing my ignorance even more) apart from the strength of string pull that is possible will the strings being off center cause major problems with the intonation or anything else that I haven’t even considered.
Thanks in advance.