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Thread #141393 Message #3254079
Posted By: PHJim
10-Nov-11 - 12:36 AM
Thread Name: Autoharp tuning
Subject: RE: Autoharp tuning
I have a number of Autoharps and it takes me about 15 minutes to tune each Autoharp, but, although I don't agree that they are untunable, if yours hasn't been tuned for 30 years, Richard is right that you'll have to do several tunings before it stabilizes.
For the guitar, banjo, mandolin... I like the clip on tuners, but they do not work for tuning an Autoharp.
I recall Mike Seeger saying something like,"They're not too hard to play, but they're the devil to tune." I taught school for 30 some odd years and every school I went to there was a dusty old out-of-tune Autoharp in a store room or closet somewhere. I always got them out, dusted them off and tuned them and then everyone wanted to use them.