As I explained in an earlier post, I’m coming back to the folk harp after a long time away. I’m embarrassed to say how old my strings are (my harp is a Salvi Heather – that might give you some idea). I’ve replaced probably 10 gut strings with nylons over the years as they’ve broken, but I came to the harp blissfully ignorant and had no idea that you were supposed to change the whole lot every 2 years or so (how on earth do amateurs afford that – especially when you’re supposed to keep an extra set lying around too?)
I have a few questions.
1) What is the cheapest source for strings? The closest music store will charge me $300 for a full set (34 strings). Harp.com will charge $250, but I have to add shipping and customs/duty to that. This all seems pretty steep.
2) I’m considering selling the Salvi just because I feel like a change (and can’t afford to buy another harp without selling the one I have). Am I likely to get the money back if I replace all the strings in order to sell it? To me, they still sound okay (lots of ring, and anyway I can’t remember what they sounded like when I first got the harp) but perhaps to the more educated ear they sounded horrible, I don’t know.
3) Is it safe to do a total restringing myself, or should I get a professional to do it (thereby increasing the cost even more…if I can even find someone around here). I do know how to change strings, but wonder if the harp needs a lot of adjustment after changing all of them.
Thank you for your help! My sturdy Salvi (plus my own isolation as a harper) fooled me into thinking the harp was a low maintenance instrument…