I would like some advice on how best to clean the bass strings on my celtic harp. They are wire wrapped and over the years they have blackened so now it is hard to see the ‘f’s and C’s from the other strings. Anyone got any ideas?
Could be you’re ready for some new strings? Just because they don’t break is no reason not to change them once in a while. They do lose sound quality.
Here are some possibilities.
An article on strings suggested removing them, wrapping them around a coke bottle, and then reinstalling them. It’s supposed to knock out some of the grime. No idea how well it works.
Use tarnish-resistant strings and colored C & F basses. I don’t, based on the opinion of my harp technician and, I think, of Saul Davis Zlatkovski here on the Harp Column. (Saul, am I right? You did say the old-fashioned non-tarnish-resistant strings sound better?)
What NOT to do: don’t use copper polish or anything like that. Save that for your samovar!