how often does your harp need tuning?

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    Reidun on #148695

    I was spoiled until now, having a harp that stays in tune for… two, three, four weeks, even while carrying it around

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    Paul and Brenda on #148696

    Our harps have always needed tuning every day, but we only tune every 3 or 4 days, unless we are playing out.

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    Sid Humphreys on #148697
    1. This depends upon so much to answer this question. My 23 holds it’s tune very well but I tune it everyday, even though it doesn’t sound out of tune. When the strings are new it really needs it but after a year it holds up well even when I’ve moved it for
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    jennifer-buehler on #148698

    While nylon and flourocarbon strings are eventually more stable, they take longer to stretch and the less often you tune the longer that process will be.

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    jessica-wolff on #148699

    I vary between tuning the harp to itself and going the whole hog with electronic tuner, but at least every other day.

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    John McK on #148700

    My small bray harp holds its tuning amazingly well, with gut strings. Much more so than my first harp. . . a nylon/”celtic” lever harp. I keep it in pythagorean tuning, which it likes a lot more than equal temperament (and sounds better for early music too.)

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    sherry-lenox on #148701

    When you tune a harp every day, you have very little to do. If you do it less frequently there will be more that you have to fuss with.

    I’ve always been fascinated by the phenomenon of pitch memory in wood instruments. I don’t know why it’s true, but an instrument does remember what its pitches should sound like if it’s tuned and played regularly.

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