The harp is well overdue a checkup, as it’s starting to make some odd buzzing noises and is slightly out of tune. So I took it to Niebisch and Tree – expert harp repairers, who handily live only a few minutes’ drive away.
I find their workshop utterly fascinating, as there are harps there in all stages of life.
Harps yet to be born in the form of crude blocks of wood with patterns drawn on them. Newly-made harps that are just a polished frame needing to be strung. Harps waiting to be serviced and regulated, and harps that have met with terrible accidents – the thought of which make my heart lurch in sympathy.
While I was there, Nigel Tree let me take a couple of pictures: