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Bag for strings and accessories

  • Dorian
    Dorian Llywelyn

    The leather case I keep my harp strings etc in has finally gone to its rest after 27 years of use. Does any one have any recommendations for a replacement. There's a bag on http://us.harp.com/info/products/pact_show/id_19397019/ .

    Does anyone have any opinions on this bag or any other recommendations?

    replies to "Bag for strings and accessories"
    • Steven Todd
      Steven Todd Miller

      Bag???!!! I use a fishing tackle box. It's perfect. The top section has all these little compartments for tools, anchors, felt, business cards, tuning forks, anything you need! Then the large bottom section fits all the strings also in compartment according to octave. It's like having your own mini-regulation center.

    • Luanne
      Luanne OReilly

      Dorian - Steffie Curcio's site - www.harpmusicpublisher.com has all sorts of embroidered bags - the Zip Bag I use for my strings and tuner.  Works great.

    • Patricia
      Patricia Jaeger


      When you go to play somewhere on your harp, and wear formal clothes, an attache case looks professional and should hold what you need on the job. Just pick the lightest weight one, before you fill it up.

    • Barbara
      Barbara Low

      I use to carry an attache case and agree that it looks more professional. I've converted to a rolling laptop bag with the telescoping handle. It holds just about everything, and I can balance my bench on top of it. It helped me reduce the number of trips back and forth from the car.

    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      A tackle box is a great idea. Back in school we had an art teacher who required it for our art supplies.

      Tackle boxes: they aren't just for fishing anymore.

    • Elinor
      Elinor Niemisto

      I found a rolling bag that has a laptop compartment big enough for an orchestra folder, and has a zippered bag that holds a set of strings.  The zippered bag attaches with Velcro to the middle compartment.  There are compartments that hold tuners, glasses, pencils, checks(!), pencils, picks, snacks, and extra stockings. It is becoming rather heavy.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer Byrne

      I am scoping out such bags, Elinor.  What brand did you find and where?

      Also, for those of you who are still holding on to the dying CD technology, I nabbed my daughters leather CD case for strings.  It has a flip folder with pockets for CDs that are just the right size for a packet of strings.  I now have all my strings for my two harps in one case instead of in a baggy in the bottom of my gig bag.  Just a thought!


    • Tonya
      Tonya A

      It has a flip folder with pockets for CDs that are just the right size for a packet of strings. 

      What a fantastic idea!  I have 2 sets of strings, one to take along to gigs, and a big bucket with a larger selection.  I really like the idea of being able to flip thru and see exactly what I have.  Thanks for the suggestion!


    • Elinor
      Elinor Niemisto

      The brand name is "U.S. Luggage".  I'm pretty sure I got it at Office Max.  The CD folder sounds good.  I'll have to look at garage sales for old ones.

    • Patricia
      Patricia Jaeger

      Walgreens Drug Store chain has those CD holders, with sections inside the size of string packets for 1st through 3rd octave, for under five dollars. To store and carry larger string packets you'd need to make up one or two packets covered in clear plastic for ease of viewing. Along with extra strings carry a pair of tiny scissors, a few string anchors ( cut pieces one and one-quarter inches long, from discarded 5th octave strings, preferably gut for being less slippery than nylon) and pliers with a wire-cutting feature on the side. These last used to be carried by Lyon and Healy, and mine is made by Sargent & Co., New Haven, Connecticut. 

    • Saul
      Saul Davis Zlatkovski

      Lyon & Healy used to sell their own attache case, once upon a time. I remember Karen Gottlieb had one, and in her car she had a set of plastic drawers for hardware to hold all the mechanical parts to repair her harp. Very impressive.