To all the harpists out there who have struggled with the harperís knot, Dusty Strings have heard your cries of frustration, and are thrilled to finally be able to share The Harperís NOT!
They know tying the traditional knot with a slippery string and tiny spline is difficult or painful for many people, sometimes to the point of near impossibility, and that means a broken harp string can be a huge source of stress and anxiety. They attacked this problem at various points over the years, looking for a string anchoring method that would be easier on the hands, would be relatively simple to use, and would hold firm without causing string breakage or loss of tone. It was a more difficult journey than we thought it would be, but we think String Buttons check all the boxes.
- Larger than a spline
- Infinitely reusable
- Can be threaded in a simple pattern without the need for tightly pinching with your fingers
- Wonít spring apart midway through the knot
- Makes use of the mechanical power of the tuning pin to cinch down the knot
- Fits nylon and gut strings up to .080"/2 mm on any make of harp (see FAQ tab for more details)
A pack contains 12 black String Buttons, an instruction card, a link to the video instructions on this page, and an extra, quick-reference instruction card that you can keep handy or pass on to a friend.
See the How To tab for instructions.
How to Thread String Buttons
1. Holding the String Button with the DS logo facing up, feed one end of the string up through the center hole. There should be about 3 inches of string sticking out on top of the button. The more length you leave here, the easier it will be to fasten the string, especially if itís a thick string. Just make sure thereís enough string left on the long end to reach your harpís tuning pin!
2. Feed the short end down through one of the tear-drop-shaped holes. (Each string button has a pair of large teardrops, which should be used with strings larger than .040Ē or 1 mm in diameter, and a pair of small teardrops, which should be used with strings .040Ē and smaller. If thatís too much to remember, just pick the smallest teardrop the string will fit through!)
3. Feed the short string end up through the opposite teardrop.
4. Tuck the short end through the loop on top of the string button. It doesnít matter if you go front-to-back or back-to-front.
5. Hold the string button with one hand, and tug on the long string end to tighten. If you canít cinch it all the way, donít worry! Just leave a little less slack than usual when you put the string on your harp, and let the tuning pin do the work of pulling the knot tight.
6. If needed, use scissors or nail clippers to snip the short end of the string near the edge of the button. If left too long, the string tail can reach the soundboard of the harp and cause a buzz when you play.