How much playing is too much for the harp?

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    Does anyone have any thoughts about how much use is optimal for a harp–assuming a moderate to tough repertoire done in daily practice, lots of pedals? I am sure a harp can be used too much or too little, but does anyone want to toss out ideas about how much is too much, how much is too little? To keep the harp (not necessarily the harpist) in top form.

    Jerusha Amado

    Great question!


    Well, I’m to tech or mechanical expert when it comes to harps. Hopefully one of the experts here like Carl will chime in. But…

    I honestly don’t think that there is too much or too little playing that you can do. I think what the issue would be is too little maintenance for the amount of playing you are doing.

    If you get a harp regulated and checked out enough based on your playing habits, you should be able to play it for a lifetime.

    Just understand, moving parts wear out. The more you


    Thanks, Tony, for the good thoughts. Yes, I agree with all of your suggestions, (though I don’t replace my bass wires as often as is recommended, mostly because I hate that “metallic” sound they have when they are new). I would add not moving the instrument roughly to the list! I guess the question underneath my question is, is playing the harp good for the harp? (It almost sounds like an existential question!) I assume it is beneficial for an instrument to be played, despite obvious issues of wear and tear, etc.

    Dessye Dee Clark

    what I have been told:

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