I have my 'Bed Harp' at the stage where it now plays and seems to hold its tune. I had so many problems with this. It is built with a soft wood, and so the tension on the strings bends the wood, which throws all the other strings out of tune. I kept adding braces, butt then other weaker pieces of wood would start to bend. I think I finally have it now, as I was able to play it earlier today. I wanted to keep the harp area as clear as possible so that you can see through the bed at the player - that's the tough part, since there is no sound board to give the instrument strength. So far so good, I need to put a damper pedal on it, and somehow raise it so the player can stand rather than have to sit.
|Constructing the Bed Harp|