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    kay-lister on #159634

    Last night I sat down to play after 2 days of not touching the harp (too busy – ugh!).

    carl-swanson on #159635

    Kay- Check each of your wire strings. When they break, it’s usually just the inner core that breaks and the outer windings stay intact. So it looks OK but is as loose as a rubber band. If its not that then we’ll have to hunt for something else.

    kay-lister on #159636

    Thanks Carl,

    jennifer-buehler on #159637

    You can see wear start to happen on your gut strings though I’m thinking if you heard a pop something would already be broken.


    Sid Humphreys on #159638

    I had this happen Kay, try doing a scale up and down the harp. You should notice a string that is really flat. I predict theat it will be a 4th or 5th octive gut. This only happened once and after 3 attempts of pulling the flat string up to pitch, it finally gave out. Also, check the inside of the soundbord, it could be that your ancore knot was partially pulled through the eyelette.

    kay-lister on #159639

    Thanks Sid, I’ll check it out.

    patricia-jaeger on #159640

    Kay, another possibility for that sound might be that a segment of wound string on a tuning pin was too near the edge, and suddenly slipped off. In such a case, that string would now be too flat in pitch, and would need to be brought up to pitch.

    dawn-penland on #159641

    I had a string partially break down by the

    kay-lister on #159642

    OK – I have checked everything and all seems fine.

    kay-lister on #159643

    Hi All,

    Any more suggestions?

    Sid Humphreys on #159644

    Did you check the inside soundboard? Possibly a knot pulling throught the eyelette? Or…. perhaps a pedal wasn’t locked in position and it “popped” into flat? That happened to me in a concert (the result of more than four windings of red pedal felt).

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