So my harp is buzzing…well, it’s not quite a buzz, it’s more of a “zing”, like a bizarre ringing noise. It only happens when a few certain strings are played – primarily the 5th octave A and D, but now I think the sixth octave G and then the F# are catching it too! It sounds a bit like the string has this extra high jarring resonance when it sounds, a lot like a “zing”, actually. I’ve read through and tried (almost) all of the things people have suggested on this forum in threads about buzzing, but I’ll run through everything that I’ve tried:
– Lever on/off changes nothing (so it’s not the lever)
– Other strings tuned to the same note as the zingy ones do not exhibit this ringing noise (so it’s not another part of the harp body)
– Taking the string off the peg and cleaning that metal thingy they run over (you know, after the tuning peg, before the lever) with cleaning alcohol, then tuning the string up again does nothing
-Poking tail ends, pressing on knots does nothing. Touching the soundboard does nothing.
-Pressing down on the string where it enters the soundboard makes it go away, but it muffles the string sound too, so this says very little, only that the zing is high frequency.
– My harp is slightly weird that the strings run through a hole in the soundboard (a grommet?) and then are each attached to a nail on a piece of wood inside the soundbox running the length of the harp. I am not sure why it was built like that, possibly it puts less strain on the soundboard. Anyway, I took one of the strings off and pulled it through the hole into the soundbox, then cleaned the hole by poking a paperclip through it. Then I re-threaded the string through the hole (which was a massive pain, let me tell you) and tuned it up again. THIS MADE THE ZING GO AWAY AND THE STRING SOUNDED PROPERLY AGAIN…HURRAH! ….until I came back the next day to do the same thing to the other string(s) and the zing was back in that first string in full zingy force. What the hell?
Everyday I come back to the harp, it sounds like another string has caught the zingy disease (or maybe I am being more discerning?) I know that I should try to replace the strings, but the harp is new (for me) so I don’t have any spares yet (hopefully on order soon), PLUS I am worried that the same thing will happen i.e. I will replaced the string and then after a day or so the zing will just come back and that will be a waste of string. Also, it seems suspicious to me that all the zingy notes are within an octave of each other.
I was wondering if any one had any experience with this or has any suggestions of things for me to try while I wait for some new strings?