Getting Personal,  My Harp Grover

Grover’s New Look

Although Grover’s issues with the left soundboard is finally resolved, the other areas of concern seen on Grover wasn’t. So I got to work on fixing the other issues Grover had before I was able to find a way to address those issues without wrecking him.

I started by addressing the issue involving the upper column that has a cosmetic issue that was my own fault. My bad. I ended up over doing it with too much sanding to remove some extra poly I put too much of on the front upper column near the crown area only to end up sanding off a layer of finish that I tried to put back with some additional poly and gel stain, but it didn’t work. The mark I inadvertently created from too much sanding was still there. So I used the Sharpies oil based paint markers to cover up the unsightly mark to create this jellybean like design of many colors which I had to make adjustments on to make it more attractive and pleasant to look at.

The first version had first and second squares colored yellow and red. But they both proved to be very unsightly.

So I changed them to blue and purple and add a white lace around the design to make it look better.

It looked somewhat better than the first try. But there was still something wrong with the second version of the design. I didn’t like the black center line and how it made the design so unsightly that I had to get rid of it and replace it with a blue heart on a middle gold background with the top and bottom middle outline completely erased, and the sides of the lace colored red, white, light yellow, and yellow along the bottom of the lace. The results were much, much better than both versions of the design.

I had to put a lot of work, patience, and a set of Sharpie oil based paint markers of the fine and the extra fine tips to do intricate work to put red laces on the top upper sides and outline the blue ends of the design without making unwanted marks on the outside of the design. When I made a mistake and smeared the outside of the design, a little help of hand sanitizer and a little bit of elbow grease did the trick to remove them. At times I had to wait for the layers of paint to dry for a short while before I add another layer to correct a mistake or make adjustments to smooth the lines of the drawings. The results were very satisfying and much better than all other attempts.

I also made a floral design on a small mark that was made when either me or the wood repair crew who tried to fixed Grover last year accidentally bumped Grover’s left soundboard onto the corner of a wall or table, leaving behind a small dent that I put some epoxy on to cover it up. Later I put a gold floral design on it to cover it up and make the area look better.

Done with a Gold oil based Sharpie Marker.

Months ago I inadvertently put a slightly wet harp dust cover onto Grover for the night and ended up making a red stain mark on the back of the left soundboard. A few days later I discovered the mark and tried to get rid of it with sanding and scrubbing and staining, but it never worked out. So I used a different kind of oil based markers and added hearts to cover up the stains and made the back of the soundboard look much better.

That was when I was trying to fix Grover’s soundboard issue involving two scars created by an accidental drop of the Dusty Strings Tuning Key. I decided to add the hearts to the front of the soundboard but they never worked out they way I wanted it to. Here’s one example of what I did to fix the patch.

The hearts were drawn much too close. The poly was messing them up big time. I had to erase away the hearts and the poly mess and try something else while I had to deal with frustrations, tears, and small tantrums of kicking chairs and knocking down garbage cans. Seriously, I was on the verge of losing it. I was ranting and raging about what did I put 3,200 dollars for and wishing that the accident had never happened. But then I discovered PC Woody which proves to be a life savor to Grover’s soundboard as described here. Through PC Woody and the sharpie paint markers I created the Easter Egg and the butterfly.

This time I made the wise choice NOT to add the poly or any other kind of sealant anymore. Grover doesn’t need all that poly on him anymore. I just left everything as it is knowing that once the paint is dried and cured, I won’t have to worry about them getting smudged and smeared anymore.

And guess what? I did it! I fixed Grover! 😀 There was no other issues Grover has for me to deal with. Hooray!!! He’s all fixed! Entirely as good as new! And I intend to keep it that way!

Merry Christmas, Grover and Ernie, and a Happy New Year!

Sherry Konkus lives in Owosso, MI. She is the proud owner of the Camac Athena EX Concert Grand Harp named "Grover" and Camac Mademoiselle named "Ernie." She's also the proud author of The Punisher Harp Zone. Sherry is the one who came up with the idea of portraying The Punisher from Marvel Comics as the punishing harpist who plays the harp in memory of his family who was killed by the mob years ago.

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