How I got "Curtis" #HarpistProblems


There’s one Facebook friend who says that I need to get a small lever harp and be thankful with it. Why should I do that when I already did? This is “Curtis” my 26 stringed fullsicle harpsicle harp.
I bought this wonderful small portable harp with the $900 I earned playing in recitals and farmer’s market events a few years ago. I was forced to downgrade to a harpsicle harp because of an incident involving the rental harp “Gilligan” falling off of a harp cart I was wheeling him on and broke off his left hind foot on my way home from the farmer’s market. When I brought Gilligan home, I laid him down on this spot so I can fix his foot.

Gilligan laying down to have his foot fixed.

I went to the hardware store and bought some wood glue which I used to put the foot back together. Here’s the broken foot. It came off when Gilligan fell from the cart.

A Broken Foot.

Here’s the glue I used to put the foot back together. As you can see on the right that the foot is now glued back together.

The foot after it's been fixed with wood glue.

There was an issue with the front foot coming loose. So I fixed it as well.

Another foot with issues was fixed as well.

Now the foot is as good as new

Here's the base of the harp with a repaired foot. The base of the harp with a repaired foot in detail.
Being so huge and bulky, it’s no wonder why harpists have so many #harpistproblems with their concert harps sometimes. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a concert harp! It means I need to make certain that this won’t happen to my own harps whether I have a concert harp, large lever harp that replicates the pedal harp, or both!


Sherry Konkus

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.