Strings

Ordering Strings ♫ String Charts ♫ Shipping strings  ♫  Changing a String

Most of this information can be found at www.folkharp.com too!

Ordering strings for harps can be confusing, sometimes even for the experienced player. We have provided you with string charts for the most common harps. The charts are toward the bottom of this page. Please print your chart and refer to it.

When you are ordering strings, no matter from whom, you must know what kind of harp you have. That is the first and most important step.

For harps made by L&H or Salvi, both pedal and lever, you order by OCTAVE. Octaves encompass the following notes in backwards order: E-D-C-B-A-G-F. Depending how large your harp is, there may be up to 7 octaves. The first octave consists of the shortest strings.

For most other harps, instead of division by octave, strings are identified by number. To know which one is needed, start counting at the smallest, shortest string (the TOP of the harp) proceeding toward the lowest, longest one. EXAMPLE: to identify a broken middle C on a Dusty Strings Ravenna 34, if you start counting at #1 (highest, thinnest, shortest string), you will find that #20 is middle C.

STRING CHARTS: Most harp makers will furnish a string gauge chart as part of the package, so don’t lose that piece of paper. Many times it is glued inside the sound box. Please print out a string chart from the list below and use it when ordering.   The Pedal Harp string chart is particularly helpful.

String Charts for Strings we Carry

Pedal Harp String Chart: Pedal HarpsPDF
Dusty Crescendo 32/FH32 Chart: NewCrescendo32FH32StringChart

Dusty Crescendo 34/FH34: NewCrescendo34FH34StringChart

Ravenna 34 String Chart: Ravenna 34 String Chart-1

Dusty FH26/Ravenna 26/Allegro String Chart: NEWRavenna26AllegroFH26string-chart

Dusty FH36 all versions after 1991: NEWFH36HSBStringChart

L&H Troubadour, Prelude, Ogden Standard, Salvi Ana Standard: troub-ana-prelude-standard og

L&H Folk Harp: FolkHarp

L&H Lever Harps: Lyric, Shamrock, Silhouette: Lyric-Sham-Sil

Salvi Lever Harps plus Folk Strung Ana: salvi small lever harps plus folk ana

Ogden Lever – we recommend that you check first as there are differences of opinion on this harp. lever ogden

Please print out your string chart and use it when ordering.

We also carry monofilament strings from .020 – .060 in red, blue and clear. These are strings used on most lever harps for the top 20 or more strings.  Please refer to the string chart that came with your harp to order. Some common monofilament charts:

Thormahlen 36: THORM36   Briget 36: bridget monos  Pakistani 22 (Heather Harp): pak 22 heather

We no longer stock harps, so we don’t have all strings in stock anymore.  To order strings not listed on our web site (www.folkharp.com), we recommend Robinson’s Harp Shop and Heavenly Strings and Cases. To order strings directly from our web site, please print off your string chart, and click HERE.

Domestic (USA) shipping options for strings:  Strings don’t count as media mail.  If you are ordering multiple books weighing over 13 ounces combined and one string, your package will immediately be considered ineligible for media mail and will be kicked into the priority mail category which may be expensive.  To keep shipping more reasonable, you might consider placing two orders, one with just books (media mail), and one with just the strings.  If you are ordering a single piece of sheet music or a thin book of just a few ounces, you can add strings as long as it doesn’t go over 13 ounces.  By weight, your order would then go first class which is quite reasonable (generally under $4.00).  If you have questions on this, please give us a call at 800-893-4277 or 281-890-4500.  Shipping can be somewhat complicated.

Sharon Thormahlen of Thormahlen Harps shows us how to tie string knots.  Info on their page HERE, and see videos below.

2 Responses to Strings

  1. Jill Curley says:

    Under “Salvi” for the string replacement chart, you do not mention “Livia” which is what I own. Is that chart still appropriate for my instrument? I need to replace a string and would like to get it ordered.

    • maryradspinner says:

      The Livia has the same stringing as the Shamrock and Lyric. So use that chart, and use lever wire from 5th E down. Hope that helps. Thanks for your question!

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