String Spacing

There are two types of string spacing, equal and concert. Pianos are strung with equal spacing, meaning they are the same distance from center-to-center. Some harps are strung with equal spacing; however, most builders use concert spacing, where the distance is graduated and narrower at the top than in the bass strings. Concert spacing is based on pedal harp spacing of strings, which promotes ease of play. Since there are not harp industry standard guidelines, it is up to the individual builder as to how the strings are spaced. In addition, the nuances of the [...]

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String Tension

String tension refers to the amount of give a string has when engaged by the player. In layman’s terms, how hard is the string to pull? Higher-tension harps mean the strings are harder to pull (less give) and lower-tension harps are easier to pull (more give). String tension varies between different models of harps. There’s no right or wrong with string tension. Higher (or lower) is not better, but depends on the size harp, the maker, and the player’s needs. Pedal harps tend to have higher string tension than most lever harps, due to size [...]

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