Since our Premier harp strings have made their debut in November 2015, they have clearly resonated with harpists across the country! I remember everyone’s excitement and anticipation when David mentioned this possibility and it has been awesome being able to watch the process from conception to reality.
Many harpists have called our stores with questions and this entry is a collection of our FAQs, and more importantly, their answers.
1. What type of harps are these strings for?
This string works universally for any pedal harp or lever harp that is strung with concert tension gut. Recently the Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Technicians Guild approved Premier Harp Strings for use on any harp that requires concert tension gut strings. If you’re not sure what type of string your harp uses, check out our handy string guides.
2. Where are the strings made?
The Virginia Harp Center imports these strings in bulk from the Camac Harp Factory, located in France. The raw material and final product are produced in Europe.
3. Are they the same as the Camac pedal harp gut strings?
Premier Harp Strings are produced by the same manufacturer as Camac strings, but we use different gauges that have been tailored to our unique specifications
4. Are they associated with Bow Brand?
No, it is a completely different string manufacturer.
5. How do they sound compared to other gut string options?
From comments we received, harpists are saying that Premier Harp Strings are bright, clear and project very well. The sound is brilliant with uncompromised clarity and evenness.
6. Do they feel the same as other competing brands?
Yes, the Premier gut strings have the same feel as competing brands. Harpists have commented that they are easy to grip and feel good under the hands.
7. Can I blend them with other brands of strings?
Yes, if your harp is currently strung in a different brand of strings, you can replace a newly broken string with Premier Harp Strings without experiencing any issues playing. To hear the best results in sound, we recommend restringing your entire harp to Premier Harp Strings.
8. Do you use them on your own harp?
Yes, I restrung my Lyon & Healy Style 30 in February 2016 with the Premier gut strings and have been enjoying the sound and reliability ever since! Here are what some other members of the harp community are saying about the strings:
“The clarity and tone quality of the Premier Harp strings are perfect for both solo and orchestral performances. I’m so relieved to have a reliable source of strings I can count on!”
–Adriana Horne, Principal Harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra
“We are so impressed with the new Premier Harp Strings! On the road and in the shop, we change thousands of strings each year, so we see a lot of strings. What amazed us was the clarity and focus of the tonal center as well as the feel when playing on them and how quickly they hold pitch. It is a pleasure to work with these strings!”
– Thomas Bell and Scot Baker, Bell Harp Tech
“Premier Strings have a big sound and do not break, I finally have harp strings I can depend on for my professional performances! Whether I am playing in an orchestra, in the pit or on stage playing a concerto, Premier strings will give me the powerful sound I need and not break or go false. I highly recommend Premier Strings to my colleagues and students.”
– Laura Byrne, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“When I first played the new Premier Harp Strings, I felt an immediate sense of ease. They sing at the slightest touch and provide more traction than other strings I have used in the past. I can’t wait to try them on my instrument!”
– Dr. Kristina Finch, Director of the Miami Harp Academy
“After replacing the strings on my harp with Premier Harp Strings, I appreciated the excellent quality, ease of installation, responsiveness to the player’s touch, and beautiful sound. Premier Harp Strings are a very desirable new choice in strings for Lyon & Healy, Salvi and Camac harps!”
– Cheryl Slaughter, Freelance Harpist in Atlanta, GA
9. Are the strings durable?
Premier Harp Strings use the finest quality material to prevent untimely string breakage and give you peace of mind! That being said, they are made out of a natural animal fiber and string breakage may occur. If you put a Premier string on your harp and it breaks within the first two weeks of use, be sure to call us and we would be happy to replace the string for free.
10. Does Premier make lever gut strings?
As of right now, we are only offering Premier concert tension gut strings. We’ll be sure to keep you updated if this changes.
11. What is the gauge of the Premier Strings vs. the Bow Brand strings?
The link below will take you to a helpful chart.
12. How much do they cost?
|00 Octave Gut String||$6.00|
|1st Octave Gut String||$6.00|
|2nd Octave Gut String||$9.00|
|3rd Octave Gut String||$13.00|
|4th Octave Gut String||$19.00|
|5th Octave Gut String||$29.50|
|1st Octave 00G – 1F||$54.00|
|1st Octave 1E – 1F||$42.00|
|2nd Octave 2E – 2F||$63.00|
|3rd Octave 3E – 3F||$91.00|
|4th Octave 4E – 4F||$133.00|
|5th Octave 5E – 5A||$147.50|
|Complete String Sets||10% Discount Included|
|00G – 5th Octave A||$439.65|
|1st Octave E – 5th Octave A||$428.85|
|2nd Octave E – 5th Octave A||$391.05|
I hope you found my first blog entry useful, be sure to call or e-mail us if you have any other questions and we would be happy to help. Happy Holidays!
~ Megan, Virginia Harp Center of New Jersey