Good morning to all,
I have recently acquired a Dusty String Double Strung harp : the FH26 in double. Unfortunately, a string recently broke – as strings do. It happens to be the bottom “C” (red) string on the right hand side.
Of course, I intend to replace it but it is not a string I use at the moment. Since it is the very lowest string, I usually only play that note on the left-hand side. In consequence, I was intending to leave it as-is for a while, before my next trip to the City where I can buy this string model.
However, it has just occurred to me that this is a double-strung harp : this means that the tension is usually equal on both side of the harp seing as there are two set of strings. Because of the breakage, the tension must now be uneven on the sounding board.
Do I risk damaging my harp if I l only replace the string in a few months? I have no notion of luthery and I was wondering if the soundboard could twist or become warped because of the unbalance.
I haven’t been able to find the answer on various “double-strung harp” forums (some of you may have seen my post on the Dusty Strings forum). I realise this is an important point to take into account for anyone considering purchasing a double-strung.
Should I get a new string shipped out as soon as possible? If so, should I consider ordering others straight away? Is the left-hand side “C” (red) string also at greater risk now?
Thank you in advance for your answers!