The birth of a harp

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    Audrey Nickel on #160801

    So far I’m still not seeing any widening or lengthening of the cracks.

    Liam M on #160802

    Really? I am glad for you…

    Karen Johns on #160803

    I found the same thing with my Limerick (Taliesin). The steel strings came up to pitch after only a few tunings, while my

    Audrey Nickel on #160804

    I don’t actually have a stringing chart.

    Liam M on #160805


    I do not have my notes with me, and

    Karen Johns on #160806

    Try paint markers for your strings- they seem to endure longer. Be careful with the wound strings though (if you have any)-the paint seeping into the grooves tends to deaden the sound.

    Karen Johns on #160807

    If you look at the style of the Limerick, you will see the relatively straight neck. Some harp models, like pedal

    michael-rockowitz on #160808


    I’m not sure if this is what you’re referring to, but here’s a widely used string tension calculator:

    String tension calculators like this, as well as the actual formulas behind them, are readily available on the web-

    The question of arched versus straighter neck – I was under the impression that one of the reasons for the harmonic arch is to reduce the length of the strings in the higher ranges – as a result, you can use a lower

    Audrey Nickel on #160809

    I know that historical wire harps (such as the Trinity — aka “Brian Boru” and Queen Mary) have the low head and curved arch similar to ours.

    Karen Johns on #160810

    I’m just passing along what I was told by two harp designers that have been at this for 20+ years. This is their observations I am relying on. I just want everyone to be aware of this- I neither have the experience as either a designer or builder to make these statements about

    unknown-user on #160811

    Well Audrey it has been a number of days since your Bard was tuned, how do you like the sound? And what made you buy a harp from Muis. To Liam as well how do you like the Trinity harp in the plywood Mahogany. I am interested because I have ordered a Trinity from Muis in Mahaogany which should be done in a week or so. Iam looking forward to putting it together and hopeing for that magical wire string tone. Thanks a lot.

    Liam M on #160812

    Dennis, I am warming to the Trinity. However it is still disassembled in restoration and I am far from my shop… so it will be some time before I finish it. I must admit, I prefer the Cherry and hope Muis continues to offer it. It is hader to work, but I just like the wood better.

    Audrey Nickel on #160813

    I am utterly enchanted with the sound. He has a beautiful, resonant, bell-like voice.

    I will be taking him with me to my regular lesson on Friday.

    Audrey Nickel on #160814

    Well, Aodhán’s made his recording debut!

    Geri McQuillen on #160815

    Audrey, the sound is lovely.

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