I have a Caswell Sweetharp 29, fully-levered. When I bought it from the harp store, we (as in, the harp store owner and I) knew it had lever issues (it was part of the reason it was affordable), and at the time we knew the options were for me to try to fix the levers, or if that wasn’t possible, just remove them (all, or just the problem levers, or whatever). I should note first off that it’s just not at all in the budget for me to have these professionally fixed.
I’m finally taking a serious look at messing with these levers, and it’s not as easy as I’d thought it would be. For one, many/most are loose; as in, I can rotate them back and forth on the screws that hold them in. That’s the first problem I’m tackling; once I take care of that, I’ll be able to assess further. But. It’s not so simple as tightening the screws… they won’t move. (it doesn’t help that I’m using an itty-bitty screwdriver– yes, Phillips screws, not hex head, which to my understanding is more common– with an itty-bitty handle, but I tried even with a rubber gripper and no luck. If it had a horizontal handle I could crank, similar to an allen wrench, then maybe, but obviously it doesn’t). Of course I don’t want to force it too much and crack the wood. And while sometimes the solution for stuck screws is “spray on some WD-40!”… yeah, this is not one of those times. 🙂
There may be other issues as well, with alignment I mean, but I’ll be able to assess that once I’m not distracted by rattly levers.
I’ll try to take a picture of the levers soon, as I know it’s near-impossible to have any real idea without seeing what I’m looking at; they are maybe Lovelands? I’m finding resources on regulating same, but not sure what to do in this pre-regulation, just-need-to-make-them-hold still, stage. But it’ll have to be during the day when I have good lighting (cursed dim apartments). In the meantime, is there possibly a trick to these screws that I don’t know?
It’s possible I won’t be able to do anything with them and will have to just remove them. Assuming I’d be able to get the screws to move the other way to loosen them… (just leaving them but not using them is not an option, as them being loose means they rotate and contact the strings and cause a buzz, so they need to either be tightened or removed.)