Hello to all!
After four/five years of looking for an affordable harp I have finally bought an Érard Empire with 47 strings for less than €4.000 about a month ago. It came fully stringed, with all pedals working, so I tuned it and now I practice on it.
I realized pretty quickly that there are all kinds of different kinds of stringas on it, which gives a really uneven sound. A lot of the strings are also really worn out etc…. I really want to replace all strings, including the bass octaves, but I really don’t know which brands I should buy. Since we don’t have all the money in the world, I guess making customized strings might be too expensive (assuming it’s more expensive). I also don’t know the age for sure, but someone has already told me that the harp was built after 1930, since that was the year Érard moved back to Paris. The serial number is 4728.
An other question I had: does anyone know which type of transport cover would fit? It came without one. The harp is 178,5cm in height, so I guess it would be about the same as a Gothic harp.
If one of you could help me out, I’d be extremely grateful!