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Thread #16742   Message #158081
Posted By: ddw
04-Jan-00 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Electronic Tuner for Autoharp
Subject: RE: Help: Electronic Tuner for Autoharp
Sorry to say I haven't had my harps out in a while been concentrating on the guitars but several things sprang to mind in reading the above posts. I have an Intellitouch chromatic tuner that should attach right to the harp without having to put in any special clips. It reads vibrations in the wood rather than in the air, so ambient noise doesn't bother it except other instruments that make the one being tuned vibrate sympathetically.

As for the 15- vs 21-bar question, I prefer the 15s because there is more room above the strings for picking. I hold it Maybelle Carter style, and the 21s fill so much space there's no room to get at the really high strings, which I use in the fiddle and banjo numbers. Also, if you have two, tune one to standard tuning and the other down a half-tone. Really gives you a pretty wide spectrum of keys to play in.

You've been given a couple of good pieces of advice about being wary of buying on the Net. I personally wouldn't chance it, but that's up to you.

Oh, and one other thing. Whatever harp you choose, think about taking the cover off the bars, cutting up some of those little vase-bottom felt sticky things and putting them on each end of each bar. It cuts the return clatter immensely.