I have a Salvi Ana lever floor harp. I believe she was purchased in 1994 (I was in 7th grade and told that she was the second to last Ana produced by Salvi before joining with Lyon & Healy). I went off to college 5 years later and she has barely been touched. In 2009 I had her shipped from California to my new home in Wisconsin. I replaced the strings that snapped, but again I barely touched her.
One day the metal bottom E string snapped. I tried to replace that, but as I tightened it, it suddenly snapped, sounding like a gunshot. I’ve been terrified of hurting her since then, so she’s just been sitting in a corner popping strings.
I had the good fortune to sit next to a man from Lyon & Healy on a flight from Chicago a number of years ago and he told me about harp regulation. I reached out to a store in Madison that said it worked with harps, but they just told me to restring her. I don’t want to restring her only to have them all break because the sound board has settled. I also don’t know if she needs regulation, though she is 28 years old.
Long story short, I need advice on how to bring my Ana back to the world and her best self. Also, she has a ding in the soundboard from being in the same house as toddlers as well as a chip in her varnish in the back (around one of the access holes) from where she tipped over and fell on to the edge of a piano.
I would appreciate any information you can provide to get me on the right path.