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  • Kay
    Kay Lister

    Has anyone ever had the brass eyelets on a pedal harp replaced with the nylon eyelets?  Can it be done . . . is it just a matter of  out with the old, in with the new or is it more involved?

    Kay

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    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth L

      Why would you replace them?  Just wondering.

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    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      Seems like most of the newer pedal harps have the nylon eyelets and figured there must be an advantage in having them.  Not sure what that would be, so if someone knows and answer, chime in please.  If there is an advantage to having nylon, just wondered if they would be easy to replace.

      Kay

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    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      Kay- It would require disassembling the instrument. The reason is that the hole for the brass eyelet is very small. A technician would have to remove the brass eyelets, drill out the hole to fit the nylon eyelet, and then install them. To get a drill in place to drill out the hole in the 1st and 2nd octaves, the harp would have to be disassembled because otherwise the neck and action would be in the way. So it could be done, but it's not a simple job.

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    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      Carl, thanks.  Too bad it can't be a matter of just popping out the old, in with the new.

      K

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    • Kathy
      Kathy Chanik

      Kay, it was always my understanding that the metal eyelets gave a better sound than the nylon ones, which was why L&H used metal eyelets when they came out with their new lower-priced 85 series some years back. When I asked one of the star harp techs about it he said, well of course because it was a "metal bridge". Maybe Carl has an opinion about this.

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    • Denver
      Denver CH

      According to HARP IN LA, "In general, the Chicago harps have a warm, even tone, and overall tend to project well. The 85 series harps have a bright tone quality, particularly full and resonant, with a rich, deep bass." I guess the eyelets may partly contribute to the difference in the tone of Chicago series and Style 85 series, i.e. warm versus bright. According to the photos I saw, the Chicago harps may use nylon (or plastic?) eyelets, while the Style 85 harps may use metal eyelets.

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    • Saul
      Saul Davis Zlatkovski

      The only difference is in some kind of immediacy in the sound, which is not necessarily desirable. However, Lucile Lawrence was quite happy with the 85s. The brass may be adding a bit of metallic brightness, which is not so desirable, maybe. The main contact is with the wood, anyway, and the plastic is more durable.

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    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      Metal eyelets are cheaper and can be bought right off the shelf. That's why the lower priced instruments have them. I have to agree with Saul on this one. A bright metallic edge to the sound is not my idea of a desirable tone. The metal eyelets have a very thin wall and I have known them to split, leaving sharp edges which can cut the string.

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