minstrel: Wire strings?
Myra Hope Bobbitt
mhbobbitt at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 5 07:48:05 PST 2001
I'm Leceabh merch Ouein of Carolingia (Medford, MA), amateur
harper/poet/singer and this year's Bard Stonemarche (New Hampshire). I play
a nylon-strung 29-string harp to accompany myself and others' folk songs,
and I play Irish and Welsh traditional tunes.
My singing partner, Caera na Cride Tren, is not email-enabled and has asked
me to relay a question to the greater group. Caera plays a wirestrung harp
that is double-strung. One of the strings (b/c above middle C) breaks
regularly: about once every two or three months in the year since she
bought the harp at Pennsic.
a) Does anyone on the list know where to get a hold of wire strings? I've
seen some recommend piano wire. Are there other options?
b) Would switching to single-strung help? How could Caera switch from
double-strung to single for that set? The soundboard is grommeted straight
through, so wouldn't support my nylon-centric idea of a big knot. Should
she try to fit in a guitar peg?
c) If she sticks with double-strung, how could she prevent that one string
from continually breaking?
Please feel free to tell me if I'm asking the wrong questions -- wire is a
bit out of my element and I would like to learn more about it.
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