Sorry for deleting all of my posts containing updates on Grover’s cosmetic repairs I attempted to make only to end up either not satisfied or encountering a flaw that made a liar out of me when I said that I was done with the project and Grover’s all fixed. He wasn’t and it seems to me he’ll never be cosmetically repaired unless I transfer him to a professional harp repair shop where the people there will cosmetically fix him far better than I can. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic going around since last year, I had to fix Grover’s cosmetic issues myself, wasting a lot of money and time buying materials needed to try to fix him up good. But everything I did to fix Grover was not up to par, leading me to get upset, cry, show a lot of emotion while I rant, rave, and find myself on the verge of losing my temper. I used a lot of products I hope will fix Grover, but for the most part none of it has ever worked out. It only made matters worse to where I end up getting hasty in my work, seeing certain areas where I administer the poly and putty not absorbing the stain at all, inadvertently having to deal with a few runs of the poly get into areas of Grover I don’t want it to be in, and a lot more crap. I had to do damage control by cleaning up the mess I made without making things worse for me and Grover and make sure that the decal on the soundboard is kept intact even though I end up damaging a little on a one flower part due to too much sanding away of the poly flaws… My bad.
Enough is enough! I just can’t bear to see Grover looking like he’s been thrown out into a nearby junkyard only to end up salvaged a short time later! I’m so sad and full of grief and sorrow. I should’ve never used that particular universal tuning key from Dusty Strings to change some worn out strings on Grover! You can say I got the harp cosmetic blues that would have been avoided entirely had the tuning key not slip from my hands by accident and landed on the left soundboard creating two dents that started this whole *&^%$# ordeal! The Harp Cosmetic Blues that no polyurethane, wood stain, putty, glue, or paint will ever help cure. The real cure for the blues is bringing Grover to a professional harp repair shop, preferably in local places such as in Lansing, MI where there’s a harp technician named Erich Rase who can repair cosmetic issues as well as make structural repairs. I send out an email explaining to him what’s going on with Grover and asked for his help in fixing him. I haven’t got a response from him yet. I hope to get a response from him soon. I badly want Grover repaired NOW!
I’ve been seeking help from a Camac Harp technician named Liza Jenson. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she specializes in Camac harp repairs. A lot of times I have not gotten a hold of her to get her help because she often travels a lot and I didn’t want to afford sending Grover to another state. But several days ago I managed to get in contact with her via video phone (First time I ever use it, too!) and have arranged to have Grover to be shipped out to Brooklyn to have Liza fix his cosmetic issues for me. But I have only one problem. I have no harp trunk or crate to deliver the harp to her for repairs and she prefers to have the harp get sent to her when the weather warms up. This I agree. Even Erich will say to wait until the weather warms up before he comes to pick up Grover and take him to his workshop to get him fixed if he agrees to make the finishing repairs for me. He does finish repairs on harps as well as restrung and regulate harps of many brands including the Camac.
Right now I’m looking for a special crate or trunk that I’ll be able to afford getting so I can safely send Grover over for repairs and bring him back home when he’s all the way good as new and I can be proud to own a Camac Athena Concert Harp again and not ever use this kind of tuning key on Grover or any other kind of harp again!