I posted earlier about restringing my Salvi Heather (34 string lever harp). The music shop I bought it from has always insisted that it’s okay for me to string it with pedal harp strings, which is what I’ve always done.
But now I see that the Sylvia Woods Harp Centre says the Heather should use lever harp gauge strings. Could I have damaged the harp by using pedal strings? I always understood that the Heather had pedal harp tension, and didn’t think the thickness of the string mattered, except perhaps to the sound quality. I’m getting somewhat confused.
Also, I’m finding that on some strings (especially non-wires), engaging the levers does not make a perfect half step anymore. Could this be because I’m using the wrong gauge, or does the instrument just need regulation? In this case, I’m not sure how to move the lever, as each lever has three screws, only one of which (the larger main screw) moves in a slot. I don’t want to have to drill two new holes for the other smaller screws…
I’m going to order the Kolacny book, but it’ll take a while to get here.
thanks v. much for any help. Sam
p.s. I’m going to contact Salvi, but I count on a more user-friendly response from this forum!