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  • #107906
    deb-l
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    the Egan broke another string today, second in 2 days.

    #107907
    barbara-brundage
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    I’m not sure I understand. You’re going to return a harp because it broke two strings?

    #107908
    deb-l
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    I’m returning it because I can’t keep it in AC that is why it’s breaking strings.

    #107909
    shelby-m
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    I don’t really know much about harps so maybe this won’t work but…. what if you loosened the strings after practice each day so there wasn’t any tension on them?

    #107910
    deb-l
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    my husband mentioned that, it’s my understanding that it’s not good for a harp to consistently keep it out of tune.

    #107911
    catherine-rogers
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    It’s more important for the harp to be kept in an atmosphere that’s relatively consistent and to be kept regularly tuned. (Don’t tune it up and down.) Harps don’t have to be kept in air conditioned spaces as long as the temperature is comfortable for you and the humidity is between 45 and 70 percent, approximately, as much as possible. We had harps before there was air conditioning, and strings weren’t constantly breaking. My point is I think you should keep it in one place and let it become acclimated to that place, not hauling it back and forth between different climates. It will survive without AC, just as you do. Give it a try. If strings still break, there may be another cause. Just my opinion.

    #107912
    barbara-brundage
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    Yes, what Catherine said. I used to live in Miami Beach in a location where I hardly ever used the air conditioning and the harp was just fine, and I lived in Phoenix with nothing but an old swamp cooler and the same thing there. People played harps for thousands of years without air conditioning, after all.

    #107913
    deb-l
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    thank you both, I am worried that I may be causing other, unseen damage to the harp.

    #107914
    barbara-brundage
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    Yes, it’s not good to keep monkeying with the tuning like that. It confuses the harp and it doesn’t stay in tune well when you want it to (besides being a huge hassle). It’s important to keep a harp well in tune if you want to be able to play in tune.

    #107915
    deb-l
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    the harp was tuned in the key of E when it was on the floor.

    #107916
    paul-knoke
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    If it’s tuned in E (four sharps), with A at 440 c.p.s., then it’s tuned a half-step too high. It should be in Eb (three flats), which would give you a better “safety margin” on the string tension.

    Hope this helps!

    Paul

    #107917
    deb-l
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    Paul, thank you, it was tuned in E flat then, not E, for 8 months.

    #107918
    unknown-user
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    Its a bit confusing all this.

    Maybe you need to get a trolley so you can keep the harp in the room you like and move it to the room you like to play it in?

    I broke a whole lot of strings when I first got my harp but it settled down after that. Two strings doesn’t sound too bad

    #107919
    unknown-user
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    Or! Why don’t you rearrange the AC room that you like to leave the harp in, so that theres enough

    #107920
    deb-l
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    hi Natty, I play in the evening when my husband is home and as much as possible and don’t want to shut myself off from the rest of the family.

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