I’m a long term multi-instrumentalist (45 years experience)
Quite by accident I recently acquired a 1984 Markwood Celtic Harp.
It was practically given to me ($50).
The former owner just wanted to ensure that it would go to a good home.
She did point out a crack in the sound board next to the eyelets.
I thought it was just a fracture, but it does seem to go all the way through the soundboard.
The strings were/are detuned, completely slack.
I recall reading many years ago that harps by nature of the string tension have a short life span.
So maybe this is not going to be a playable instrument.
Can the soundboard be reinforced? (I know a good repair person)
Is there a lower tension set of strings? (the strings are very old)
I don’t mind tuning it a little lower, so I can play it.
I’ll just be playing solo and recording-
So it doesn’t need to be 100% pro-performance ready.
Thanks for any input