A little introduction to harp stringing...
As harpists, we should know the type of strings needed for our harp and how often we should be changing them.
Every harp made is specifically designed to take a certain 'set' of strings. There are many brands, types and tensions of strings. It's important to make sure we always replace strings with the same type as the harp was originally designed for (unless a harp technician has recommended otherwise), or risk damage to our instrument.
Strings age with time (some types faster than others) and gradually lose their ability to vibrate clearly. Notes may begin to sound false or dull; not creating the clear harmonic resonance of a new string. This may also be exacerbated by wear or fraying to the string. Strings should be changed regularly according to the age and type of string, and how much they are played. Optimally, strings should be changed in partial or full amounts to maintain a consistent tone to your instrument.
Can I help you with stringing?
There are many reasons why harpists might need help with stringing. I know firsthand that string changing can sometimes be stressful and daunting, especially if you're new to the harp. Which string is correct? How do I tie the string knot or wind it on the pin without it slipping off? Or, maybe you've changed hundreds of strings before, but it's just more convenient for me to re-string for you. Not to mention, the dreaded pedal harp wire strings!
Whatever the reason, I would be happy to help you out.
My stringing services include:
Full restring - all strings are replaced
Bass wires restring - all wire strings are replaced
Partial restring - one octave or a section of the harp is replaced
Personal stringing chart - this is offered for free with a standard regulation service, if needed.
Stringing classes - I'm hoping to offer some stringing classes in the future which would aim to include hands-on string changing experience. This would be to help anyone who needs more practice with string knots and winding. Please email me if you're interested!
Bass wire restrings can be done on the same day as the service. Full or partial restrings should be done at least a few days before the service (a week is preferable) to allow the strings to stretch and ensure accurate regulation. I will contact you to sort out the best arrangement for you. Usually the easiest solution is to leave the harp with me for a few days, but other options are available if this does not suit you.
YES, I can order & bring strings for your full or partial restring. Please let me know at least a month before your service if you want me to bring strings for your restring. Strings must be paid for in advance. All strings include a 5% markup fee.