I hope I’ve landed in the right forum. 🙂
I just bought my first harp – a lever harp with 27 strings – ordered from abroad as there were none available for purchase in my immediate area. It arrived a couple of days ago, and I’m very uncertain… I like it, that is, the sound and the way it feels to hold, but it seems to hold the tuning really badly.
I was wondering if this is normal with new harps/new strings?
The reason I’m asking, really, is because the harp I ordered was supposed to have an E-string as the bottom string, and I emailed the maker/dealer, asking if this made a big difference (since I had read that I should get a lever harp with C as the bottom string). They replied that no, it didn’t matter, but then when I received it, it had a C-string as the bottom string… And I suspect they may have just changed it to suit my ‘preference’?
Then I looked the harp up on the website again, and in the picture it looks like it has an A-string as the bottom string?!
I had read that harps are built to have a very specific tension, wouldn’t swapping the strings around like that harm the harp in some way?
I’d really appreciate some input on this. I have emailed the seller, but they haven’t explained the string issue yet.
I’m so new to all this, never even played a harp before, so I don’t really know what to do… or whether this is okay or not.
Thanks in advance!