Dull-sounding brass string

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    Audrey Nickel on #159773

    The low F on my Dreamsinger Bard suddenly developed an odd, ringing, overtone.

    Karen Johns on #159774

    I had the same problem with my low F on my Limerick, and it was due to the paint marker I used. The paint sank into the windings on the string

    Liam M on #159775

    My experience tells me it has started to stretch and will be breaking soon. Not sure the paint has that much effect, (Thanks Karen, I’ll test that in my test jig), but it seems reasonable.. to a degree… I always have used sharpies and just on the every ends and the eyelets.

    Audrey Nickel on #159776

    Karen…it’s not brass wound…just straight brass (no wound strings on this harp).

    renate-kvalsvik on #159777

    My low G (bass wire) has the same ringing overtone that your F had before you tried to restring it… So now I don’t dare to try and do so myself, since your string went dull. Does anyone know what can be the cause of such a strange overtone? The string is brand new and has been like that since I first put it on, but all the other bass strings are fine. Maybe I should order a replacement?

    jennifer-buehler on #159778

    A pentatonic scale is any scale with 5 notes.

    Audrey Nickel on #159779

    I should clarify…I haven’t restrung that F.

    Liam M on #159780


    I am really guessing…. but in my experiments I have noted that as the string stretches under tension, it decreases in guage. It gets thinner….so the mass per length actually decreases. The Mass per Length is part of the frequency, (Tone) equation…. So then you wind up compensating with tension….

    bernhard-schmidt on #159781


    Yes, the string stretches under tension…this must be.

    But after a while the string should stay without stretching.

    bernhard-schmidt on #159782

    There more CD named Iona available,…so it is a secret at the moment and a real surprise.


    Liam M on #159783

    I’ll take Bernhard Schmidt for $1000.00!!

    Audrey Nickel on #159784

    Hi Liam,

    Yes…thanks for reminding me.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #159785

    Don’t mark strings. As you have found, it can ruin them. You can learn to find the right strings with a little time and patience. The easier you make it for yourself, the less you learn.

    bernhard-schmidt on #159786

    I believe it is a good Idea to change to ball end.

    bernhard-schmidt on #159787

    I forgotten about the programm. After allmost 40 years of harpmaling with all the different harps I do not need a programm. I know it and most important I feel

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