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Frequently asked questions

Why my harp need to be regulated?

A regulation is necessary to maintain good condition of your harp. Lever harps have hundreds of components, while pedal harps can have over two thousand. A harp technician will check on all components inside and outside to make sure they are functioning correctly and thus maintain the best possible sound quality for your instrument. From time to time, the wood frame of the harp will wear from the heavy metal parts and string pressure. A routine regulation will slow down this process and retain the value of the instrument. 

 

How often should I have my harp regulated?

Once a year

  • Harps that are professionally used to generate income

  • Orchestral harps

  • Recording harps

  • Played more than two hours per day, or more than twelve hours per week

  • Harps that are transported often

 

Every 2 years

  • Harps that are professionally used to generate supplemental income

  • Used for intermediate repertoire

  • Played less than twelve hours per week

  • Harps that are not transported very often


Every 3 years 

  • Used for beginner repertoire

  • Played less than five hours per week

  • Harps that never get transported

How often should I replace the strings?

Professionals/Advance:

  • 1st and 2nd octaves – once/ twice a year

  • 3rd octaves - once a year

  • 4th and 5th octave - every 2 years

  • Wires  - once a year


Intermediate: 

  • 1st and 2nd octaves - once a year

  • 3rd octaves - every 2 years

  • 4th and 5th octave - every 4-5 years

  • Wires – every 1-2 years


Beginner:

  • 1st and 2nd octaves - every 2-3 years

  • 3rd octaves - every 3 years

  • 4th and 5th octave - every 5-6 years

  • Wires - every 2-4 years

 

What type of strings should I use?

For Lyon & Healy or Salvi Harps, please visit the website below. 

https://www.harp.com/harp-strings/

For other brands, please contact the manufacturer of your harp. Every single string has different diameter and tolerance. They are also made from different materials. To ensure the best sound of your instrument and not cause future damage to your harp, it is important to use the appropriate string.  

 

How to prepare my regulation? 

  • At least a week before, change any strings that are noticeably worn or damaged.  

  • Note down any problems and let me know on the service day. 

  • Bring your spare strings/ pre-order parts with you to avoid an extra charge. 

  • Test play your harp after regulation and let me know right away if you find any problems. 

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