Harps and their strings!!!

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Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Strickland » Wed May 02, 2012 7:55 pm

Recently purchased a kit harp from the Early music shop and am having a devil of a time (to put it lightly) stringing the damn thing. Now Im pretty handy, I can fit kitchens, bathrooms, landscape your garden and all manner of other creative and constructive stuff but this has me beat! It seems the nylon strings that come with it dont want to do what it says in the instructions!!! I have followed the knot-tying process to the letter and with no success at all!!! Ive even tried using pliers to hold everything together but to no avail.
So, anyone have any suggestions????? Any help would be most gladly appreciated!!!!


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Strickland » Wed May 02, 2012 8:20 pm



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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Grania » Wed May 02, 2012 10:33 pm

What's the problem you're having? Is it tying the knot or getting the string onto the tuning peg? Can I ask which harp it is - as in name, so I can look up a picture?

I am a harpist and I understand your pain, it took me ages to get the knack!


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby busy mole » Thu May 03, 2012 2:20 pm

Hello
Is the problem in the soundbox or in the tuning pin.
If in the pin just trapping the string under the windings should work as long as you allow enough string length to go around the pin.
If it is in the soundbox then a bead on the string with the not below it works well...as does a dab of polystyrene cement or super glue on the knot tyings to stop the knot slipping.


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Strickland » Thu May 03, 2012 4:27 pm

Thanks for the help folks but the link I found/listed above solved my problem! Basically i couldnt get the knot to do as it was told and it kept slipping out despite many many many attempts!!! Now Ive seen some alternative knots and ways of tying to achieve the same result Im sorted! Damn my big fingers LOL!!
Cheers folks!

Neil


... oh and its an Early music shop 12 string lap harp. something for my daughter to tinker with. Nothing wrong with the harp, just the stringing!


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Grania » Thu May 03, 2012 5:23 pm

:) Well done. It is really tough to do the first few times - there are different ways of doing it too, so finding the best is also the thing. Hope your daughter gets on well. Don't believe people when they say it's a really hard instrument - it's great :D


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Strickland » Fri May 04, 2012 6:11 pm

Thanks Grania, shes a real wizz with most stringed instruments so Im anticipating great things!!

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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Grania » Sat May 05, 2012 8:46 pm

Sounds like she should be fine then! Any particular kind of music?


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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Strickland » Mon May 07, 2012 3:56 pm

Well anything really but Im steering her in the direction of anything vaguely medieval to begin with. The idea is she can sit in camp twinkling away if she gets bored amongst other things!!! Having said that, like me, she doesnt suffer from boredom! Im sure theres a ready load of basic tunes she can learn.

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Re: Harps and their strings!!!

Postby Jack Campin » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:34 pm

I think you're supposed to kill your sister and use her hair for it.




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