[Harp-L] breaking in new harps
What nobody has mentioned is the variation in playing styles.
Some people breathe through their harps
Some people play through their harps
Others uses a strong percussive attack
With all this variation in playing styles: medium, soft and hard there is bound to be some difference in how -- and how long -- the reeds respond.
Some people make their harps for a long time; others use their harps up in a single gig.
I don't think break-in generally has much to do with it. It's how the harp is played, not whether it is broken in gently or ever.
FWIW: I find that NOT playing adds greatly to the longevity of individual harps.
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