September 16, 2009 at 2:17 am #109111
I just got an old harp which hasn’t been played for over 10 years with all the broken strings. I find the tuning pins are very rusty and very hard to tune, especially the wire strings part, is there any solution?
ThanksSeptember 16, 2009 at 4:51 am #109112Misty HarrisonParticipant
Did you pull them out and clean them?September 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm #109113
No, I didn’t. So, I should pull them out and clean them first. Which side should I put them out? Would it be hard trying to pull them out?
Thanks.September 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm #109114jennifer-buehlerMember
Does the harp have thru pins (pins that stick out on both sides of the harp) or zither pins (that just stick out of one side)?September 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm #109115Misty HarrisonParticipant
I just wiggle the pins out of my harp, kind of pushing gently on them and turning them with the tuning key until they come out. You can also ask a regulator to do it for you.
Whatever you do, don’t use anything other than your hand and the tuning key to get them out. Sometimes people say to tap gently on the pin with a hammer. Don’t do that. It’s dangerous for the harp.September 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm #109116Karen JohnsParticipant
If your tuning pins are rusty, you can take a bit of steel wool to shine them up, or replace them altogether, whichever is easier. Most harp stores sell standard zither and through harp tuning pins, and they are fairly inexpensive. If you have problems with the pins holding after replacing them, there is a product called “pin-tite” that you can dab into the hole to help the pin stick.September 17, 2009 at 3:03 am #109117
BEFORE YOU PULL ANYTHING OUT, Determine zithers or tapers!!September 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm #109118
Thank you all for helping out.
Another question is how to get rid of the mold built on the discs?September 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm #109119paul-knokeParticipant
Ummm…. Rust? Mold? Tarnish? Verdigris? It sounds to me like this harp has been stored someplace very damp. If it’s been wet enough to rust the pins and form some kind of corrosion on the discs, you should probably take it to a harp technician before you do anything else. That kind of dampness can also warp wooden parts and loosen glue joints. Plus, after ten years, it’s going to want complete restringing, new felts, and a regulation.
Keep us posted!
PaulSeptember 18, 2009 at 1:37 am #109120
I agree, this is getting deeper all the time. This instrument has been abused and may not even be recovereable at any sort of reasonable price. Time to let a skilledSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm #109121kay-listerMember
If you are on the east coast, I would check out Howard Bryan and see if he can help you our advise you on what you have and what can be done.September 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm #109122barbara-brundageParticipant
If the harp is a pedal harp, it really needs a harp technician, since the pedal mechanism is a very complex piece of equipment that needs someone who understands it thoroughly.
April, where are you located? Do you have any idea of what kind of harp it is?September 19, 2009 at 5:49 pm #109123Saul Davis ZlatkovskiParticipant
If it has rusty pins, does it also have dusty strings?September 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm #109124
No pun intended?September 21, 2009 at 8:34 pm #109125Saul Davis ZlatkovskiParticipant
A tuning pun, do you mean?
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