I totally agree with you, Saul , about the no fingernails and trying to open packages especially new cds. The other problem is keeping my fingernails short enough to play. I have only been playing for about 9 months now but my fingernails just aren’t adapting to being kept so short. I can’t clip them anymore because when I do I cut that sensitive skin under the nail and does it ever hurt. I am now reduced to filing the heck out of them and callousing my fingertips more from the file than my harp strings. My husband’s nails seem to stay short with no clipping or filing has this happened to anyone else and if so do you have any tips on how to keep them from growing so fast?