Tuning peg slip
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Slipping tuning pegs are a common problem with harps....but usually
not really a problem... The hole that the peg goes into is tapired, as is the
tuning peg itself....this allows the peg to hold the tension of the string.
IF the peg is slipping it usually means that the peg is not snugly
wedged in the hole. The most common reason for this is wear, caused by
tuning over a period of time....this can be remedied by putting a little
inward push on the tuning wrench as you tune a string,
this will re-seat the peg.
If the peg goes in too deep or still won't hold .....
Sometimes the peg screws into the harp head....... and still
won't hold?
     Or after replacing a string, the tuning peg
slips....then.tap it lightly with a hammer (from
the key side) to re-seat it. The best practice
is to apply push pressure on the key while
you tune up, there-by keeping the peg
constantly re-seated.......
*      If you tap the peg in beyond the other
pegs, or if you have tried everything and
your string still  slips...then.....Tap the peg
right out and place a piece of nylon string
(.020" ) in the hole.....then place the peg in (alongside the
piece of string) and tap the pin back
in.... then slice off the protruding pieces with
a cutting knife (using it flat against the harp
so as not to mark it) Then try tuning again. If that
does not hold....do it again with a thicker
piece of string (.025" )

Always start with a .020"  piece of string and go thicker if
necessary ( .025")....do not start with a larger piece , so
that you don't end up splitting the harp head.

 If that does not hold, check the string
chart to make sure you are not using a
thicker string as this will not only cause
"string-slip" but will put extra stress on
the bow and could eventually cause serious

When winding strings to pitch, you may
need to frequently tap the pegs back, so that
they do not wedge too tightly and possibly
split the harp head. (both pegs and holes are
There is no danger as long as you start with .020" string


For strings  from the bass end, up One and a Half octaves
from the top......
Wind the string once behind the tail, (outside, then cross
over (towards the harp head) then wind on to correct

For strings on the last 1.5 octaves

Wind once on the inside (harp head) then, cross over
then wind  once outside, cross over again.....
then wind to pitch....

As you wind your strings to the correct
pitch.......you may need to tap the peg back
every turn or so to stop the peg from
"Screwing" itself into the harp head.
(If you don't do this, you may enlarge the
hole, and prevent the peg from holding the
string tight.)
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