I recently purchased my first harp: a used, 20+ year, 21 string copy of the Holbein bray harp, made by Tim Hobrough in Scotland. It’s in beautiful condition, with new gut strings, save for one small defect: there’s a minor half inch separation at the point where the neck joins the column. This doesn’t go all the way through, the neck is stable, and I know that this joint is actually held in place by a peg, not by two butt ends being glued together. As a harpsichord owner, I also know that certain cracks and separations don’t get worse and don’t affect the sound, and that this might apply to harps as well. I was told by someone knowledgable to insert sheets of paper into the separation periodically to see if it enlarges, and to do nothing if it doesn’t, maybe just fill it with colored wax for cosmetic purposes.
Here’s a question: if necessary, would a good epoxy keep the separation from enlarging? I know that epoxy binds better with wood/old glue than does new glue. Have any of you stabilized a problem like this with epoxy? I paid a lot (for me) for this bray harp ($575 total) which is still less than if it was new I suspect, but can’t afford a rebuild. Any thoughts? Have attached photos showing the harp, and a closeup of the issue. Thank you!