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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: lever harp soundboard surface crack #250782

    Thanks for bringing up humidity. I am not sure the level in my harp studio but I am in Virginia and it is humid here, especially right now. I did have the same thought that managing humidity would help to keep the body in good condition.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: lever harp soundboard surface crack #250781

    Lyon & Healy West helped me figure out that it is from the mid- to late-70’s, based on the serial number. I think the whole production from approximately 1961-1979 became known as Troubador I, probably when they introduced the Troubador II model? The harp is ebony and has a nice resonant sound. I recently acquired it and am trying to bring it back to life.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: lever harp soundboard surface crack #250765

    Thanks Carl, that is helpful. I would like to use this instrument for teaching and will try to manage this. Do you think using gut strings would be better than nylon? My understanding is that nylon strings are a stronger material and can create more pressure on the soundboard. I am planning to re-string it using the same Bow Brand strings I use for my Style 30.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: lever harp soundboard surface crack #250753

    Here is the photo.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: lever harp soundboard surface crack #250752

    Thank you all for the helpful information. I spent some time checking out the soundboard and have attached a photo of the wood on the inside of the body. The wood grain looks very different. Also I measured the thickness of the soundboard by using the depth of the string hole. It is about 1/2 inch thick and sounds like there is hollow space between the layers of wood. Not sure if this is useful information but in any case I will need to think carefully about how to proceed.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: freezing cold hands due to nerves – tips? #62908

    Hi Samantha, I have the same problem. I boil hot water and fill a metal thermos which I take with me to almost every gig. (I started doing this for holiday orchestra concerts in cold churches, or for cold outdoor gigs.) I really hate playing with cold hands and this has worked great – I feel much more relaxed and I sound better. Filling the thermos with hot water is one of the last things I do before I leave the house, it stays hot/warm for a good 90 minutes. I have also used a metal water bottle but you have to be careful with this because it can be way too hot at first and burn you. I usually bungee-cord the bottle and hang it from my harp cart as I wheel into the gig. If there’s catering at the event I sometimes ask for a refill. =) Good luck!

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: Why do you play the harp? #102579

    I was 15 or 16 years old and playing principal bassoon in the all-state orchestra in Boulder, Colorado.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: 2nd octave strings breaking #71450

    If the strings are breaking at the tuning pin then probably the edges of the pin are too sharp and are cutting the string.

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    “position originale”?

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: violin and harp weddings #147781

    Here are a few I like to play:

    Tournier – Deux Preludes Romantiques
    Faure – Berceuse
    Faure – Sicilienne
    Saint-Saens – Le Cygne (Salzedo arrangement)
    Satie – Gymnopedies

    -Michael

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    i don’t have the music in front of me but probably it is “position ordinaire” – probably after a passage of pdlt?

    -michael

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: Switching to Bow Brand #147100

    bridge pin is the tuning pin? it might have sharp edges in the string hole – I have seen this before. you could ask them for replacements and also a sanding wire.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: Need recommendations for an amplifier #148202

    I have used the Crate Limo for several years with a Fishman pickup and pre-amp.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: Background music gigs, w or w/o music? #148885

    I mostly play from memory.

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    michael-steadman on · in reply to: Your response to: “WOW, That’s expensive!” #149877

    I get a lot of wedding inquiries and I have never had anyone comment on the expense.

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