While checking the general condition of the harp, looking for cracks or loose parts, the first step in a harp regulation is locating and eliminating unwanted noise. Next, I will move the levers to different positions and play each string, listening for noises that weren’t eliminated securing loose parts. While it’s not always possible to eliminate every unwanted noise a harp makes, many annoying sounds can be eliminated.
Finally, I will check and optimize the harp’s intonation. The strings will be played in each lever position, compare the pitches on an electronic tuner, and make adjustments to insure that the half-step increments between each position are as perfect as possible.
How often does a harp need regulation? That depends on how much you play, how hard you play, and how high your standards are. Most busy professional pedal harpists have their harps regulated once a year. Part time or casual players and new students can usually wait two to three years or more. Lever harps require less maintenance. I generally recommend having a lever harp serviced once every five years or so, as long as the player isn’t experiencing any problems.
Please note that harp lever regulation can only take place if the strings are settled. If your harp has recently been re-strung it will take between 35 - 50 tunings before it is fully settled. Wire Strung harps settle much quicker than nylon strung.
Restringing: If you would like your harp completely restrung, the instrument will need to be left with regulator for at least three days. Strings not included.