Hi everyone. I believe it is an important topic, equally for harpists and harpmakers:). Might be Carl Swanson will address it.
So, according to my understanding and discussions with numerous harpists, there is no standartized string spacing. L&H has it in one way, Camac has it narrower, Salvi has slightly different spacing in the trebles as well. All other makers have their spacing variation as well.
Many harpists have difficulties transiting from one harp brand to another due to spacing issue.
So, my questions are:
Can we take any known spacing as a starting point?
How contemporary harpists expect the spacing to be? Should it be more ample, or narrower, in which areas?
For example, I know people complain on Salvi narrow middle register. Narrow Camac spacing, etc.
One the other hand, most find Wurlitzer concert grand spacing to be the best one, althought it was created a century ago.
Thank you. Hopefully you can contribute to the discussion with some vivid examples:)