How to change a harp string

Without the help of an experienced player/teacher, it can be daunting to change a string for the first time, or the first 10 times! Take a breath, you came to the right spot. Slowly follow these steps to ensure you have safely changed the right string.

EQUIPMENT:

 

Tuning Key

Wire Cutters for bass wire strings

Correct string to replace old one

String Guide for which string to purchase

String ends

 

 

Follow along in the video below to learn how to change a string.

How to Change a Harp String:

  • Make sure you have all the necessary equipment ready to change the string:

Tuning key

Wire cutters (if changing a wire string)

String ends

New string to replace the old one.

  • Set your levers in the down position or your pedals in the flat position.

  • With your tuning key, unwind the pin (where the old string is wrapped around) and remove the old string.

  • Gather your new string and begin to tie one end to the string end. A string end is a thicker piece of string that is pre-cut and sent from the location where you bought your new string. It is small in length (roughly .5” to 1”). The string end is used to anchor the string underneath the soundboard. Use this diagram to help you tie the string end to the string (or watch the video on my website).

  • With the string end in place, thread the string through the hold in the soundboard from the inside, so that the string end sits under the soundboard and the new string is threaded through to the top.

  • Thread the string through the hole in the tuning pin, just above the lever (or rotating discs on the pedal harp).

  • Leave a little bit of slack and crease the string above the tuning pin.

  • Begin to tighten the string by turning the tuning key on the tuning pin.

  • Make sure the string sits in between the prongs of the rotating discs (pedal harp only)

  • Make sure the string sits to the left in the groove of the pin.

  • Tighten the string and begin to tune with the tuner. Stretch the string with your thumb and second finger to encourage it to settle quicker and stay in tune sooner.

  • Don’t cut the excess string until the string has kept its tune from one day to the next. If the excess string is long enough to use again, place it back in the sleeve it came in.

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