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Getting Personal,  My Harp Grover

MORE of Fixing Grover’s Cosmetic Issue that I wish it never happened. :(

The Soundboard dents isn’t the only issue Grover has. In one of my earliest attempts to fix Grover, I accidentally hit Grover in the forehead with a vacuum tube as I was using it to vacuum up some water-based poly shards that I had to remove from Grover’s left soundboard, where the tuning key induced dents are at, because it was pealing off. I wasn’t aware of Grover’s Polyurethane being oil-based at that time, so. As I was checking to see if he’s ok, I ended up chipping off what appears to be either paint, poly, or special fillers that I didn’t know it was there, creating a scarring mark that look like this:

This makes Grover look bad.

I didn’t expect this to happen, but it did. So I tried to remedy the area by putting a epoxy putty onto Grover’s forehead like this.

Looks a little better…. somewhat.

It looked somewhat better. But no, I couldn’t accept that. So I let the people at the workshop in Saginaw, MI know about the scar on the rim of the forehead and see if they can fix it. They did. But they didn’t covered the whole thing up. They only removed the old putty from the scar and covered it with clear poly-style bond, which did nothing to conceal the scar.

Just like the scars on the soundboard, I managed to put up with it for a little while until I couldn’t bear to see it anymore. Just like the scar onto the soundboard, I got some more epoxy putty from Mohawk and used it to repair the rim of Grover’s forehead.

I carved a gap in the rim with various types of sandpaper to make it look a lot like all the other areas of Grover’s head. It looked good, but it will be better once the repair guys go at it and conceal the mark by painting over the areas of the patch I made.

Did you know that I also patched up a section of Grover’s left soundboard after it accidentally stub itself onto the edge of a table?

Just like the other areas mentioned here and in the previous post, I used the Mohawk Epoxy Putty stick to patch up the two dents. Now all I have to do is start arranging for the pros to come over and conceal all those patches and fix up the poly seal to make Grover look a whole lot better than ever before.

I want to play the harp, not wreak it, not mishandle it, not treat it like a throwaway item or a child’s toy. I didn’t buy the Camac harp to wreak it. I honestly didn’t buy it to fix it or mess around with it inside and out. I bought it so I can play music and enjoy the very musical instrument I struggled for 25 years trying to afford getting and owning of my very own.

I don’t want to find myself having everything I did to get and manage a pedal harp to be troublesome and in vain. Not at all. I want to find myself enjoying the instrument and its music the fullest. To have the harp be a blessing and joy in my life to no end. Nothing more. And that’s what I intend to do all the time rather than find myself being careless and mishandling everything about the harp.

Owosso Harpist

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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