My ‘dream’ harp – or is it a harp mare?

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    michael-rockowitz on #107027

    I’ve also struggled with craigslist harps.

    Karen Johns on #107028

    Exactly what I meant Barbara. That does look like a big split.

    deb-l on #107029

    Michael, thank you very much for your thoughts.

    Karen Johns on #107030

    Wood glue might be an easy fix here. If you can squirt a good layer in between the split and clamp it overnight, you might be in luck for a while longer. It is worth a try. And it is the most cost-efficient method that I would use myself if I were to fortify the neck of this harp. Where there is a will, there is a way…


    deb-l on #107031

    that’s a good idea Karen.

    barbara-brundage on #107032

    I’d give Mr. Pratt a call and see if he has anything to suggest, too.

    jennifer-buehler on #107033

    I had to have a similar fix on my Serenade (the poor thing has been knocked around a lot).

    barbara-low on #107034

    Yes, structural epoxy would be my of choice to bond the wood together.

    barbara-low on #107035

    The knee block takes a lot of stress and a crack threre would be of concern. It should be looked at by someone who is familiar with structural repairs.

    I’m pretty sure the block of wood under the column is supposed to be there and is not a repair.

    Before you start stringing the harp with your new strings, be sure they will be long enough for your Pratt. Lever harps have different vibrating lengths and it’s no fun to find out your new string isn’t going to be long enough.

    The gap between the knee block and body will probably lessen when the harp is fully strung, and I’m glad you took the pressure off the strings that are currently on the harp. It’s a good idea not to stress the board unevenly. If there’s any bellying, it will appear when all the strings are on and pulled to pitch.

    PS: There are arms in the mechanism of a pedal harp, but none on a lever harp. I think the “arm” you are referring to is called the neck. The neck is the curvy part where the tuning pins are.

    barbara-brundage on #107036

    Basic parts of the harp:

    deb-l on #107037

    thanks Jenn, that’s hopeful!

    Barb and Barbara, thanks for explaining the different parts of the harp.

    deb-l on #107038

    thanks for telling me the type of epoxy to use, I went to hardware stores but they didn’t have it, found it online, ConServ 600 STRUCTURAL EPOXY REPAIR.

    barbara-brundage on #107039

    Deb, I really, really, really wouldn’t do this without talking to someone first.

    deb-l on #107040

    thanks Barb, I am planning on talking to Mr Pratt and the tech at Harp Connection Monday.

    deb-l on #107041

    I spoke to Mr Pratt and he had a chance to look at the pictures.

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