All stringed instruments are sensitive to climatic conditions; a broken string or two can happen when temperature and humidity fluctuate. Every string on a harp is gauged differently, it is important for harpists to know how to replace a broken string, as well as to correctly identify its register (Zero, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th octave) and string type (nylon, gut, silk gut or bass wire) to purchase the correct replacement.
Tips to Avoid Strings to Break:
- Keep your harp under the most optimal and stable climatic conditions (about 20 – 25 Celsius degree for temperature, and 40% – 50% for humidity).
- Use a humidifier when heater comes on in winter and turn on A/C when summer is hot and humid.
- Cleanliness. Always wash hands before you play.
- Tune often to keep a consistent tension among strings.
- Replace worn strings. Especially for the finer strings (Zero, 1st, and 2nd octaves), which professionals should replace them every year, and two years for students and amateur.
Guide to Lever & Pedal Harps
Recommended String Types