Does anyone have tips for harp maintenance (read: survival) when it’s over 90 degrees indoors and one’s roommates don’t believe in air conditioning?
I keep my pedal harp away from windows and direct sun and in a well-insulated case, but after the last week of highs in the 90s (and well above inside), lows in the 80s, and very high humidity, three of my newish gut strings have broken, and I am emotionally and financially disturbed. I’m moving out in a month (to an apartment where I can actually use the central AC), but the temperatures are supposed to stay high until then. Is there anything I can do to keep from losing more strings/doing permanent damage to the harp for that time?
Would keeping the harp tuned down to relieve tension help? It’s not critical that I play this month, and I’ve heard of people doing that for long road trips with a harp. Should I replace the broken strings now or wait until I can stabilize the temperature?
Thanks for the help!