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It can be difficult to know which string to order when one needs replacing, so here are a few tips to help you order the correct string!

To order the right string, you will need to know:

  • whether your harp is a Pedal or Lever harp
  • if you have a particular brand in mind
  • whether the string is gut, wire or nylon
  • which octave the string is in (more info)
  • and which note

It can also be helpful to know the make and model of your harp when talking to Ranji.

Need to know which octave and which note? Middle C is in the 4th octave. This is a good reference point to work from.

If you are still unsure, please contact Ranji

E: shop@harpcentre.com.au

P: 0404 050 146

If you would prefer, please send us a text message with your enquiry, and we will call you back.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    Hello, do you have a list of prices and brands of strings you supply? I just wrote to Denwar harps and he said to contact you. I’m not sure what I need and can afford yet.
    I have a 32 string lever harp made by a student of the ex Peter Kempster who had Kempster Instruments in South Aust. years ago. It is similar to his Bardic harp but a bit smaller and not a round back.
    Some of the strings I bought off him years ago were in packets with the brand names of Pirastro (Nycor for Folk harp and Vanderbilt nylon)
    At this stage… I mainly need 7 wound nylon??? or wire strings??? of some kind for the C-B below middle C. I like the deeper sound they give. Can you give me an estimate what they would cost?
    Then I may also need some of the nylons from Middle C to D in the 1st octave. I might order them later on as I do have quite a few spare nylons.
    I have some old packets by Schubert called Concert strings and were for some of the strings in the 4th and 5th octave. They are called Wound on Nylon. I don’t know if they are the ones I call “wire strings”. They must be what’s on there now which looks like heavy guitar strings. Not sure what they are called but they have a soft “fluffy” looking center made of quite a few strands of soft thread with the silvery colored metal wound around it.? The F and C strings look more of a coppery color but have the same soft white center. I assume they are the Schubert strings. They have been on for many years now.
    On my website is a photo of the harp. (Though I don’t have any of my harp music and songs on there yet!)
    The levers have NEVER worked. Do you know if it would it be possible to replace a few with ones that do work without making more holes. That is the problem I suppose. So maybe it is better to leave it all alone… unless I can adjust them somehow?
    ALSO… can I pay you by Paypal or money order or direct deposit please? I don’t have a credit card.
    Thanks for any advice… God bless from Susan.

  2. Roz says:

    Hello, I have a celtic harp (no pedals) which desperately needs most strings replaced. I have changed house several times over the last 10 years and my harp has not fared well.I live in Bungendore , just out of Canberra. Do you know anyone that does that sort of thing?

    Regards,

    Roz

    • Rachel Walker says:

      Hi Roz
      I’m sure we can find someone to help with your harp strings. We should have the strings you need. Best to get in touch with Ranji at the shop and see what we can do!
      Rachel

  3. Kate says:

    Hi, I have a Kempster lever harp. It is 2nd hand and was a gift. It has a few broken strings, how do I tell what kind of strings I need to replace them?

    Thanks.
    Kate

    • Arnan Wiesel says:

      Hi Kate,

      We would recommend bowbrand lever gut strings.
      I can e mail you the strings chart which will help you figure oput which strings you require.

      Best regards

      Arnan

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