Strange sounds called ‘woofs’.

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    unknown-user on #164568

    Is it true that most harps have ‘woofs’ in

    Victor Ortega on #164569

    Hi Susie,

    The reference is probably to wolf tones… I was well aware of this phenomenon back when I played the violin, but I haven’t heard much of it in the harp world.

    unknown-user on #164570

    Thank you so much for telling me the correct word is ‘Wolf’ and not ‘Woof”,

    bernhard-schmidt on #164571

    I read this article and I must say it’s not very correct

    carl-swanson on #164572

    I’m aware of the problem of wolf tones on stringed instruments(violins, etc.) but I’ve never been aware of that happening on harps.

    diane-michaels on #164573

    I’ve always associated them with low strings (cellos and bass), but finally called a wolf a wolf with my second octave D on my Salzedo.

    bernhard-schmidt on #164574

    Yes , that’s it.


    unknown-user on #164575

    Thank you

    Evangeline Williams on #164576

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard one of these, thank goodness.

    unknown-user on #164577

    Evangeline, the only way I can decribe it,

    Evangeline Williams on #164578

    I’ve heard when two notes hit against each other and aren’t perfectly in tune and make a wavy sound.

    bernhard-schmidt on #164579

    Evangeline, no, this is no wolf

    unknown-user on #164580

    It’s possible some of the sounds you hear with your ear right on top of the harp are not heard several feet away, especially when dealing with bass notes. Weird overtones might occur, phasing, etc. at specific locations away from your instrument. The bass sound wave is fairly long, and takes several feet to properly set up sonically. If you’re having problems with the sound of your harp, get someone else to play it and see if the problems you hear while playing the harp persist several feet from your harp. Locate the exact distance and angle these sound problems show up. If it occurs everywhere you listen, you have a true woof innate to the instrument, either due to construction or perhaps quality issues with strings. If it occurs at only specific locations, it might be more of an ambient sonic issue, which is still a real pain.

    unknown-user on #164581

    Now we have diagnosed a

    bernhard-schmidt on #164582

    The only cure a harpist could do by herself / himself is to change the particular string where the wolf occurs. But the mass of the string must be changed by increasing or even degrade the diameter of the string slightly.
    Just to change the brand of the string will not help because the diameter can be

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