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    Karen Johns on #107921


    I think your harp is settling in to the new tuning and environment. Is there a reason you have to have it tuned in the key of C when the levers are unengaged? Do you normally play music that requires all those sharps, especially E#, A#, & B#? A lot of harpists tune their harps to Eb because it gives them the most practical range of keys. To my knowledge, most music that is written for lever harp does not utilize those three sharps listed above, so you may want to reconsider your tuning.

    Also, some models/brands of harps are just string-breakers, especially if they have gut strings in the upper range. If you love the tone this is just something you will have to get used to. For myself, the frustration of having strings break every time the weather changed or it was moved would be way too frustrating, especially when you would have to tune the replacement string 30-50 times to get it to hold. I feel pretty darn lucky that the harps I own don’t have this problem.

    Well, however you decide, best of luck! And if you decide to take it back, now you have another very important question to ask :-)


    unknown-user on #107922

    Oh okay, I think I get it. Sounds like you have worked out its the wrong

    jessica-wolff on #107923

    I think she probably meant Eb. Who would tune a harp in E?

    deb-l on #107924

    Karen, when I say I tune in the key of C I mean no sharps no flats when levers are not engaged.

    holly-kemble on #107925

    Hi Deb~

    I play a lot of Irish and Welsh music. Quite often, these pieces are in G major (one sharp) or D major (two sharps). I still tune my harp to E flat major.

    Than I am ready for all the sharps I really use, and can still play in the first three flat keys.

    This could help. Your harp has already adjusted to being in tune in E flat. You can always stay in the key of C, but it will take time for your harp to get there.

    Good luck! Holly

    deb-l on #107926

    Holly, thanks for the advice.

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