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Thank you so much for the help everyone. I needed opinions from more experienced harpists in order to talk to them, since I am an amateur so they probably won’t take it from me if I said this is an awful piece for the harp.
Victoria, yes, I did notice that too. I guess the harpist in the video decided to edit the part and leave out most of it to make it work.
Gretchen, thanks for the advice. I will discuss it with them and try to find the best solution, or maybe as Sylvia suggested, just ask a piano to play it 🙂
Yes, usually when I got really frustrated when the strings keep breaking. I dont name them though, I just call them by their model name, like Daphne. They are my babies and I hug them too sometimes for no apparent reason than just feeling like it
What should I do if there’s a sharp part on the nut where the string touches it?January 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm in reply to: Duet for Harp-4 hands by Marie-Martin Marcel Marin #62145
Out of curiosity I asked someone to sit on the harp, with me standing behind her and play some of the 1st harp’s part. It does seem to work, though I guess the one standing will end up playing very high up on the strings. Quite awkward but it seems doable…and it helps if the one sitting is petite.January 6, 2014 at 3:01 am in reply to: Duet for Harp-4 hands by Marie-Martin Marcel Marin #62141
Yes, please, Tacye…this is very interesting..
Are there any harps you can rent in the country you’ll be playing? It just seems such a long way to transport your harp all the way from Europe.
I used to buy from Sylvia Woods and Vanderbilt, but now Vanderbilt won’t use USPS for international orders anymore…so shipping will now cost me around $20 or more, which i can’t afford.
Yes, actually…it’s the 2nd octave that is breaking like crazy. That’s about the same range as yours…from the F above middle C and up. The other octaves are quite fine.
It happens with my pedal harp as well. The weather has been horrible the past few weeks, with humidity swinging to and fro between 50-70% and my harp isn’t very happy at the moment.
These shops sell Artone harps. I’d imagine they would have the strings to go with them
A couple of my friends also use Bow Brand Silk Gut on their Artone harps.
No, it’s definitely the right string 🙂 and I really have to order more as I’m down to my last one unfortunately.
I am absolutely useless at tying knots..my hands are too slippery to properly tighten them, so I’m always struggling. So after 4 very sore fingers, a bruised hand (knocked my hand repeatedly trying to get the string through the soundboard) and 5 broken strings, I’m now trying the alternative knot. Crossing my fingers that this one will hold. Thanks for sharing the diagram, Katie…
I have shipped my harp back to Salvi in Italy for repairs last year. As I don’t have a proper harp box, I found a company that specializes in packaging pianos and antique furniture to do the packaging for me.
I live in Indonesia so I imagine things would be different for you. But for me, the hard part was finding a company that would ship my harp by sea, as most of them would only serve companies and not individual customers….and I can’t afford sending it by air.
The sea freight from Indonesia to Italy itself only costs me $150, but other costs (handling, customs etc) adds up to about $2000 one way. The journey itself takes 1 month, but customs clearance etc takes another month.
I realize it may be completely different in the US, but I hope you got somewhat useful information..
Congratulations on your new harp! My first one was a Daphne 47 too…and I remember how excited I was when I got her. You definitely should keep your lever harp..I sold mine and have regretted doing it ever since.
Tacye, how do you put on an old string back on a harp? I can never manage to put on a new string without enough spare length to hold on to while turning..