Lever Problem

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    unknown-user on #167612

    Hellllo, all.

    I have a Lyon & Healy Prelude lever harp (got it used, good condition, around Christmas,
    so about a month ago). The other day when I finished playing a piece, I reached up to
    switch keys (by, of course, switching levers), and one of the strings, a very low A string,
    got caught in the lever. I was able to turn the lever off of the string, but as I did, the string
    somehow got caught in it and now it has a small ridge in the string from where the lever
    touches it. This happened many times on that string/lever, but I was finally able to fix it.

    I was just wondering if this has happened to anybody else’s lever harp?

    unknown-user on #167613

    Cameron… I don’t have a lever harp right now, but my last one (a L&H Troubadour V) never had that problem.

    unknown-user on #167614

    To answer your question: Yes.

    unknown-user on #167615

    Sometimes regular levers can be rather sticky, therefor taking up extra time at performances. As you have probably guessed, performance levers have a smoother action. Pressure might not be the only other explanation for this, as I used to tune my E’s and B’s flat for minor pieces. I can assure you, the levers where up for extended periods of time while playing major pieces.

    unknown-user on #167616

    In that case, yes, I have performance levers (at least I think so). My last harp, a 29-string
    lever harp levers that were less smooth in raising/lowering. The ones on my Prelude are
    very smooth and fluent. That’s why when one of the lower strings got caught in the lever, I
    was kind of freaked out. When I say “left the levers up for too long” I meant for over 24
    hours. I was gone all day Friday (school, then to a friend’s house) and had forgotten all
    about the levers being left up. So the next day when I sat down at the harp and it
    happened. (trust me, I do try to remember to put the levers down at all times when I’m not

    Thanks for your help! – Cameron

    unknown-user on #167617

    I meant over 24 hours too (in addition to the long pieces, of course)!
    No problem. -Aubrey

    unknown-user on #167618

    I don’t think leaving levers up, for a long time, is particularly a problem.

    unknown-user on #167619

    I have that problem! If it’s a Troubadour I have the same harp, except I bought mine five years ago. Here’s the deal, my levers are defective, it doesn’t make sense that yours would be, but my levers catch the strings and fray them, and my levers will fall while I’m playing, if you end up having that problem, call Lyon& Healy and tell them, becuase you’re harp should still be under warrenty and they’ll have to fix it instead of you paying to have the levers re-done or re-stringing the harp.

    unknown-user on #167620

    Thank God I’m not the only one! I was seriously starting to get worried. And nice word to
    describe the strings – “Frayed.” That fits how it is perfectly… Jeez I need to expand my
    vocabulary. My harp isn’t a Troubador.. It’s a L&H Prelude. It’s about 3-4 years old (it’s
    used). I might call L&H though and ask them about it. Ah well, good to know it’s not just

    unknown-user on #167621

    Oh. Know what? Around the time when I first got the harp, I think I might have tuned those
    strings, simply forgetting the levers were still up, which might have caused the strings to
    shift and fray. =|

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