Just toying with the idea with my old Pixie 19 that has no levers otherwise-
Obviously I think that some kind of reinforcement is needed at the soundboard- or possibly even a new soundboard or a supplemented thickened one. Probably some kind of reinforcing plate/s at the top pillar seam.
Do wire harps strings have a ball end or what? Are there standard washers for the lower contact point inside the sound box?
I’d probably lower the tones and start with a bass C instead of the current F and work my way up from there, both because I want lower tones and to take some stress off the frame.
A big drawback I face is never having seen or played a wire harp- so I’m hoping to chase down some gauge charts and see if I can assemble some strings or buy a set. The strings are usually described as brass- I wonder if steel is ever used on the thinner ones?
I have some rainbow sets of guitar strings with some nice wound basses I may be able to use on the lower C’s and F’s, but need to see about gauges. It’s a fairly small lap harp otherwise- it’s been up on craigslist for some time with no response.
I’m always tired of working on my instruments- my piano needs more tuning and has an action issue or two I hope to get to soon, my 5 string viola needs the bridge cut down some more, and it’s been really difficult getting it set up- three even pegs on the same side are difficult to tune, but holding much better than when new- so feel free to discourage me with any and all lists of cons!
Someone put up a link to some wire harps in another thread- If I wasn’t deep into new harp purchase already, I probably would have gotten one of those. Maybe I can make something cheaper until some future date.
I would have put this in “wire harps” but I’m told I can’t post there. Don’t know why.
anyway thanks for info in advance!