The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75548 Message #2213232
Posted By: GUEST,harpgirl
11-Dec-07 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Autoharp Bar Felt - Quality
Subject: RE: Tech: Autoharp Bar Felt - Quality
If I was going to do that I would take off the old bars first.
Then strip off the old felt and reglue a strip on the bar.
Then when it was dry I would replace that bar in the holder and with it tight, I would mark each felt strip on the end with pencil in a slight v shape to cut on the end of the bar according to the notes in the chord. (like BillD said)
However, since you may not be able to do that easily if you don't know the chords in the bar, you could just match up the new bars with the old ones if none of the felt has fallen off to cut the string openings.
Also since the bars are kind of loose at the ends in the chord bar holder, stick a small piece of flat rubber band at the ends and do what BB calls "shimming the bars". It keeps the clacking down and tightens the chord bard in the chord bar holder.
I'm sure there is a better way, though if you ask a luthier.