The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17814   Message #173221
Posted By: Sorcha
03-Feb-00 - 09:41 PM
Thread Name: Help: Dying Harp
Subject: RE: Help: Dying Harp
I have a Hughes "Brian" harp kit that I built and adapted, but apparently I did'nt adapt it enough. The bottom of the pillar pulled up through the sound board, and splintered both the soundboard and the back,; spontaneous self destruction. I got VERY drunk the night I discovered it, and cried buckets. I was ready to chop it into kindling and give it a good wake in my fireplace, but I was talked out of it by my friends. About a year later (try looking at a self-destructed harp for a year!) I found a beginning luthier who was willing to try to fix it. I figured he couldn't hurt it, so let him try. He fixed it by adding stress pins, and covering them with wooden pegs. It took it about 6 mos to stay in tune, but now it is fine. DE-TENSION IT as soon as possible, and don't give up hope.