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  • #69439
    elizabeth-palladino
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    I’ve had my Dusty Strings FH26 for three years and never yet broken a string. In the two months that I’ve had my FH36S, I’ve broken two of the low, phosphor-bronze core strings, (31 and 32) while tuning carefully and not overdoing it. Is this a common situation? Are these low strings especially touchy?

    #69440

    Have you ever changed those strings? maybe they’re old?

    #69441
    elizabeth-palladino
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    It’s a new harp from Dusty–I ordered it in November of 2011, and got it Jan. 17, 2012.

    #69442
    deb-l
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    hi Elizabeth,

    #69443
    elizabeth-palladino
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    Thanks, Deb. In the beginning, everything tended to go sharpish–now everything tends to go flattish. (The crazy weather is not helping–with the windows open so early–even though the harps and the piano are nowhere near them–their tone changes, I think.) I do have to tune daily so far. I think that will change as the harp settles in–my FH26 was the same in the beginning, but after a while it stayed in tune much, much longer. I will treat the FH36S bass strings with kid gloves–although I swear I was not being vigorous with them. I do understand from my reading that those phosphor-bronze cores just do not stretch.

    #69444
    deb-l
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    hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you posted this I had no idea the phosphor-bronze cores were so touchy.

    #69445
    deb-l
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    hi Elizabeth, I am having this same problem too now with my FH36.

    #69446
    elizabeth-palladino
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    Hi Deb–After my earlier postings, I’ve never had any further problems. I think I was being careful, but not careful enough. Now when I tune the phosphor-bronze core strings, I turn by the most infintesimal increments–I’m really careful with it.

    #69447
    deb-l
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    breaking those wires right under your nose while tuning gives quite a fright doesn’t it?

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