Caring for your instrument

Before playing the harp
Wash your hands thoroughly and wipe off any oil or moisture from them. (Be sure to wipe your fingers thoroughly so that no moisture remains.) If you are in a place where there is no washroom, prepare some wet tissues (alcohol tissues are even better) and then wipe off any moisture with dry tissues. Avoid playing an instrument with dirt or oil on your hands, oils from food and drink, salt, or moisture on your hands. Also, playing while wearing accessories such as rings or bracelets or a watch can damage the instrument. Remove them before playing.
Cleaning your harp after each play
Gently wipe the strings and the body of the harp with a dry, soft cloth or tissue. Wipe the front and back of the strings. You don't need to rub them hard multiple times; just wipe them once or twice. Don't leave the instrument outside, wrap it in a silk cloth and put it in a case.
Care to make it last
If you take care of your strings about once a month, they will last longer. Carefully wipe each string, both the front and back. Straight strings (treble section, thin, unwound strings) Soak a tissue in a few drops of string rust prevention oil and wipe each string carefully. If rust or dirt appears, change the tissue. After wiping with oil, wipe off any remaining oil with a dry tissue. (Oxidation of remaining oil can cause string rust. Be sure to wipe it off thoroughly.) Wipe not only the areas you play, but also the areas above and below the pins and saddles. I sometimes see people who make the strings sticky with oil to prevent rust, but this actually causes rust. Ideally, the oil should coat the strings very thinly. Wound strings (midrange and bass sections, wires with an even thinner wire wound around the core) Do not use oil on the parts of the wound strings where the thin wire is wound. If oil seeps into the wound parts, it will not have a good effect on the sound. Gently wipe dry with a dry tissue. However, in areas where the upper and lower core wires are visible near the pins and saddles, wipe them with oil to prevent rust.
How to prevent string rust
Surprisingly, instruments that are played almost every day do not rust very much. If you are not going to play for a while, please prevent rust by following the steps below. ◯ When you are not playing, after cleaning, wrap the instrument in a cloth and store it in its case. ◯ Do not expose it to winds containing salt and moisture such as typhoons, heavy rain, or sea breezes. If you do expose it to such winds, please clean it and keep the strings clean.
If the string is rusty
If the rust is light, you can improve it by wiping it off with oil. First, try wiping the rusted area with a tissue soaked in oil. If the rust does not improve and the string feels rough, lightly apply fine sandpaper (#1000) to the surface and gently rub the rust off. Please note that rubbing too hard can cause the string to deteriorate or break. Also, if rust powder adheres to the string when sandpaper is applied, it can cause the string to rust, so wipe the rust off with oil-soaked tissue until it no longer sticks to the tissue, and finally wipe it off with dry tissue. If rust powder gets on the instrument or other strings, wipe it off cleanly. Rusty strings are uncomfortable to play, can injure your hands when playing, can suddenly break, and can easily go out of tune. It is better to focus on prevention rather than removing rust, and we recommend replacing strings if the rust is severe.
String life
In the case of a lyre, the sound becomes more stable and mellow as it is played for a long time. It can usually be played for about 5 to 10 years. If you are playing it without any problems, there is no need to restring it. However, if a string breaks, the sound quality has clearly changed, or there is something abnormal with the sound, the strings may have deteriorated. In most cases, the problem can be solved by restringing, so please contact us.
If the string breaks
Strings that have broken once cannot be reused. The strings will be replaced and re-stretched. Commercially available guitar strings cannot be used. We will make the strings in the workshop, so please contact us. If you would like to replace the strings yourself, we will send them to you. The price of straight strings and wound strings is different. Even if it is within the one-year warranty period, strings are consumables and will be replaced for a fee. Many people have broken strings by winding them too tightly when tuning, or by their children playing too hard. Please be careful. For straight strings: Please tell us the name of the instrument, the note, the number of the string, and the number of strings you need. For wound strings: Please tell us the name of the instrument, the note, the number of the string, and the number of strings you need, and send the broken string to the workshop. If you lose the strings, you may be asked to measure the length of the parts of the string. Please contact us first. If you have difficulty replacing the strings yourself, please contact the workshop.
Oil for strings
You can use rust-preventive oil for guitar strings. You can also use rust-preventive oil for knives and camellia oil (available at hardware stores). We do not recommend using cooking oil as some types are not suitable for this purpose.