Broken Strings Camac Melusine

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  • Participant
    martin-solomon on #160683

    Help – I’ve already broken two strings on my new Camac Melusine nylon strung harp (2nd octave and 2nd octave B – they broke at the levers).

    Should I be worried? Could there be something wrong with the harp?

    The harp is beautiful to play, but I am certainly very disappointed as one reason for choosing this model was that I thought that the days of constantly breaking gut strings would be over.

    Any ideas?

    Martin
    Bristol, UK

    Member
    jennifer-buehler on #160684

    Are there sharp edges on the levers?

    Participant
    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #160685

    One of my students was having trouble with breaking strings, and it turned out that she had the harp by a sunny window. Once she moved the harp to a shadier spot in the house, the strings settled down.

    Participant
    martin-solomon on #160686

    Thanks for the replies.

    I am interested to know of other people’s experiences of string breakages with nylon-strung harps.

    I did have an optimistic idea that my new Melusine would mean an end to the stress and inconvenience of constant string breakages (as happens with gut-strung harps).

    Martin

    Participant
    Patti Newson on #160687

    I have not played a Melusine, but I have been thinking of getting one.

    Participant
    Patti Newson on #160688

    Hello, I too have a Camac Melusine which I love and I want to change my wire strings, do you know what kind of wire strings are on your Melusine?

    Participant
    martin-solomon on #160689

    Ben – I love the bright sound of my Melusine.

    I always use Camac strings (in fact the Cardiff harp shop who sold me the harp said that if I didn’t I would invalidate the guarantee).

    Martin
    Bristol, UK
    martin@martinsolomon.com

    Participant
    Briggsie B. Peawiggle on #160690

    I should knock on wood as I have

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