I am the proud owner of a Dusty bubinga FH26 harp, with the soundboard in maple. I’m having trouble at the moment because I don’t know where to put my harp!
I know that one should keep harps away from sunlight at all cost because repeated exposure to heat on specific parts of the soundboard will make the wood swell, leading to imbalance in the whole harp.
During summer, the sun shines in the whole room but is quite straight so I can just put the harp next to the back wall and sunlight will not reach it.
But at the moment, with French winter advancing and the equinox nearing, the sun beams are much more slanted and reach to the whole back wall. At the moment, I’m putting the harp on the left side of the window because the sun sets early enough and doesn’t reach all the way there.
I should add that at the moment, the sun can shine quite brightly but quite cooly, and the air is at freezing temperatures outside. It’s a true “winter sun” that doesn’t melt frost.
But it leads me to a few questions :
– How bad is it if the sun touches the top of the pillar, but never the soundboard?
– How useful is it if I cover the harp with an opaque velvet cover? Is it enough to protect it?
– Does the type of wood make a difference?
– Any other, realistic advice?
I’m sure most people will have found themselves in the same position. I intend to keep the harp for many-a-years, to my old days if possible (I’m in my twenties so not sure how realistic this is). So I’m trying to take as much care of the harp as possible, never keeping it close to radiators and keeping the humidity stable.
Most harp covers I see are for pedal harp and see to be meant for dust and bumps, but not for the sun. What do you advise?
Thank you all!