The tiny stick dropped out of my knot as I was replacing the string, and the knot went up the hole and got stuck! I can’t remove it anymore. What should I do?
I would try these three things –
1) If it appears that the knot could be pulled through, gently do so, but don’t do much more than a gentle tug.
2) Do the same from the back if it looks like the knot could come out that way – just grab the string (on the front_ and push on it.
3) You can always try needle nose pliers in the back – but be careful not to bang the harp or do any other damage
Do any of this gently
FYI the “tiny stick” is called an anchor. 🙂
In that case, I would just drill the string out. Here’s how to go about it. You’re going to have to unstring a lot of the strings below D5 so that you can position the drill correctly. Unwind each of the wire strings until they are slack. Then, without straightening the string out, remove the string from the tuning pin using needle nose pliers. When it’s time to reinstall those strings, make sure you wind the string on the same way, so that the loops and curves of the string end are positioned on the tuning pin the way they were before. If you do that, the string won’t break when you pull it up to pitch.
When you have enough strings out of the way to position an electric drill at the D5 hole, remove the C5 string completely and find a drill bit that slides easily into that string hole. Cut the D5 string flush with the eyelet. Now put the bit into the drill and run the drill down through the eyelet. Run the drill very slowly at first to grind up the visible string end and find the center of the string eyelet. Once the drill bit is securely in the hole in the eyelet, just run it all the way down the hole until it comes out on the underside of the soundboard. That will clear the hole.
All of this makes me wonder what kind of knot you made in the string. For a D5 string you don’t need any cross piece. And the hole in the eyelet and soundboard should be just barely bigger than the diameter of the string. I can’t imagine how a 5th octave string knot was able to pull up into the hole.
Before you put another string in there make sure you are tying the knot correctly.
thanks for the advice, i will try it later and hope i don’t mess up.
it’s a camac harp and the hole is pretty big. there was a cross piece but i lost that anchor to the string so i used a 5th octave G string instead. Somehow the anchor fell out and i guess the knot wasn’t secure in the first place. unfortunately i only found out that it happened today, when i was about to replace the string.
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