Where do the bad harp go?

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    john Doe

    We all know that Harp Compaineys make good sounding harps and Bad sounding harps.


    It seems


    Saul, That was a GREAT response to this annoying annonymous poster…. MADE ME REALLY LAUGH : ^) …THANKS FOR THAT ONE!!!


    Bonnie Shaljean

    Hire them out to beginners?

    Donate them to schools or youth orchestras?

    Take them apart and cannibalise the useful bits?

    Lots of constructive things can be done with a working pedal harp, even if it doesn’t have wonderful tone.


    All harp go to doggy heaven. Even bad harp do. Only evil harp made of plastic go down to dump.


    Saul, there you go again…being funny!!


    Saul this is good enough for stand-up. Are you looking for a second career?

    Evangeline Williams

    Yes, if they work but the tone is lacking, there are always people looking for ‘free or cheap’ pedal harps, or donate pedal harps.


    I’d vote for electrify them and hire them out to Rock or metal bands.


    Ooops I forgot one other thing…paint them black as well of course!

    John McK

    Hung up on the wall of Salzedo-themed restaurants?

    Consumed in fiery displays of Nordic Ragnarophilia?


    Welcome back Mr. Doe – – – You BIG CHICKEN!!!!



    Hey Kay–did you get my e-mail?


    Does anyone else dream of finding a GOOD harp in a pawn shop, for, oh, say $500?

    Bonnie Shaljean

    How can you tell if it’s worth fixing? You usually can’t. Even seasoned harp restorers will warn you that a zillion hidden problems can lurk in the pedal mechanism, especially if the harp is an antique. It needs someone with a professional experienced eye to look inside the pedal box underneath, and even then most of them will only chance a cautious estimate. You usually don’t know for sure until you begin working on it what you’re going to encounter.

    Also woodworm can do a lot more damage than is immediately apparent. Those tiny little holes can be masking a whole rabbit warren of tunnels beneath the surface, which means the neck or affected part can be considerably weaker than it looks. I once saw an old harmonic curve in cross section and it was so porous it resembled a piece of French bread! But all that was visible from outside was one or two tiny holes.

    If you’re looking at something in an antique shop for a knockdown price, NO ONE is likely to know the true state of it, or where it’s been. Take a qualified harp restorer with you, and even then don’t expect anyone to commit him/herself.

    If the pedals are FULLY working then you may be in with a chance. But how likely is that??!!

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