Thin cracks in the neck of my lever harp!

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    renate-kvalsvik on #69859

    I hope someone can advise me on what to do. I have owned a Morley Hempson 34 harp for four years now. During the last year or so I have kept it at a friend’s house for voice+harp practice. My friend recently moved house, and when I went to visit her after her move, and took the cover off my harp, I noticed that there had suddenly appeared a lot of horisontal, thin cracks along the neck of my harp. The cracks are on both sides of the neck, though there are fewer on the lever side. The cracks run across the tuning pins. There are also four cracks across the top of the neck (vertically).

    What should I do? Is there anything I can do?

    I brought the harp home with me in case the reason for the cracking is the climate inside my friend’s new apartment.

    I don’t know if there is any warranty on my harp, and I am afraid to contact Morley Harps because when we were moving the harp back home after noticing the cracks, my husband managed to lose hold of the harp so that it fell down on the ground onto its back, and now it had a slight damage at the back where the neck and back are joined as well 🙁

    Can anybody help me?

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    Tacye on #69860

    The Hempson has quite thick varnish and you say there are a lot of cracks, could it be that the cracks are just in the varnish and not in the wood?

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    renate-kvalsvik on #69861

    Thank you for answering. The cracks may just be in the varnish, as you say. My father was visiting me today, and he said he thought it was. How do I know for sure?

    Yes, the shoulder is just dented. I think it’s purely cosmetic, at least I hope so.

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    Tacye on #69862

    Easiest is to ask anyone who knows wood well.

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    renate-kvalsvik on #69863

    Thanks, I’ll try to find someone who knows about such things and ask them to look at the harp. The varnish is so thick I can’t see the grain of the wood. The cracks don’t seem to widen, though.

    Thank you, you’ve given me a bit of hope.

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