Harp Strings

Ordering strings for harps can be confusing, sometimes even for the experienced player.

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.

Click HERE and scroll downward to access printable string charts