Pedal question

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  • Member
    kay-lister on #159941

    I keep forgetting to ask my teacher this.

    Spectator
    alice-freeman on #159942

    Yes, it is best to leave the pedals in the “up” or “flat” position. This leaves the least amount of tension on the strings and on the instrument. For greatest accuracy, you should also be tuning with the pedals in this position, too.

    — Alice in windy Wyoming

    Member
    kay-lister on #159943

    Thanks Alice, yes I knew to tune this way and I figured I should leave them up after I played as well but just wasn’t sure if it would cause any problems if I didn’t so I thought I should ask.

    K

    Member
    tony-morosco on #159944

    I doubt it would cause the harp any damage to leave them engaged, but it will shorten the life of the strings. Just like with levers on a lever harp, best to leave everything disengaged when not playing.

    Participant
    Dwyn . on #159945

    It’s a lot of pressure to have against the prongs of the tuning discs.

    Participant
    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #159946

    It wouldn’t shorten their life, but it might loosen their grip, requiring another regulation.

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