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Autoharp project
« on: Jan 22, 2011, 11:48:40 PM »
A friend had a nice autoharp he inherited from his grandmother and let me borrow it to tune it for him (and mess around with it.)  I found it useful for playing chords since one doesn't have to think about fingering--just press the chord bar and you're good to go. 

So, I picked one up on ebay for $25.   Just in dreadful condition, the poor thing--but since I wanted to do some different chords I was looking for a disassembled one. These are the original ebay images.







I've started working on it.  Actually got it in a playable condition.  I've made some new chord bar layouts (typical chords include weird things like Cdim...I don't need that for accompanying typical fiddle or folk/country songs.)  I put in major chords from Bb to E and Em and Am.  Not sure what else I'll add for the other 6.  Here are some pics after a bit of polishing.  These pictures don't have the chord bar assembly on or the new strings, which should arrive Monday.



Lost a few more strings when I tuned it.  All A's--so A based chords sound really dreadful right now.  It's expensive to buy a whole set of strings (36 of them) so I will replace them a bit at a time with each paycheck.  As I replace them, I'll soak the tuning pins--called zither pins--to derust them. 





Any suggestions for the remaining chords?

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Re: Autoharp project
« Reply #1 on: Jan 23, 2011, 12:11:07 AM »
Do autoAngels play autoHarps?

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Re: Autoharp project
« Reply #2 on: Jan 23, 2011, 12:23:54 AM »
Do autoAngels play autoHarps?


Yes, on autoClouds, of course.

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Re: Autoharp project
« Reply #3 on: Jan 23, 2011, 03:06:18 PM »
You can buy music wire in bulk, in the appropriate gauges.  Might save a little $.

Have you considered making it a diatonic harp? 

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 23, 2011, 04:03:15 PM »
I've read about chromatic vs. diatonic, but I'm not sure I understand it. 

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2011, 06:12:11 PM »

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Re: Autoharp project
« Reply #6 on: Jan 28, 2011, 07:27:10 PM »
Finally got the few replacement strings.  UPS ground really takes a loooong time for shipping. 

I'm looking forward to having the A chords work properly. 

 




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