A little over a year and a half ago, I purchased a wire-strung harp from James Skeen (Folcharp.com). It is a beautiful instrument and wonderful to play, but the strings snapped on me and I’ve had difficulty trying to restring the instrument. I took a break from it for a while due to my studies at school, but now that I’ve graduated and am on a career path I’d like to try and fix/re-string my harp.
I watched tutorials on youtube, but none of them really went into depth about getting the nails attached to the wire out of the soundboard. The harp only has four 1″ round holes in the soundboard. I was wondering if anyone has any tricks to getting them out? I haven’t tried a magnet yet, but maybe that’d work…?
I’d also like to know where the best place would be to order new strings. They were brass. I’ve considered possibly experimenting with sterling silver strings, but that might be a project for later on.
I’m new to wire-strung harps, so any advice is appreciated. Thanks!