I have a L&H prelude that I bought in 2001 (it was not new when I bought it). I am ashamed to admit that I have never changed the wire strings. I am not professional; I don’t take it out often and it has gone months at a time without being played. So it hasn’t had heavy use. But still…I’m embarrassed to admit this.
Now that we have that out of the way…
A few weeks ago I went to a music store and played their prelude harp. It was the first time in a very long time that I played a harp other than my own. I didn’t like it nearly as much as I like mine. The bass wires were brassy or twangy. The troubadour they had was also brassy in the wires. Now I’m afraid that mine will sound like that if I change the wound strings. I will regret changing them if I won’t have the warm, rich sound I now have.
What I’m wondering is if it has more to do with the age of the instrument, or if I am likely to have a more brassy sound from newer strings? (Also acoustics most likely plays a part. ) I don’t know how long these harps have been on the floor…but seems they aren’t played much, as there was a broken string, another broke as I was tuning, and they were both very much out of tune.
A secondary question, is it ok to change all the wires at one time (I mean one after another) or is it best to wait a few days between each string change? I worry about all that tension.