Tuesday, 24 February 2015

How to fix a Harpo trolley with a teaspoon

I don't think I am alone in suffering some "disappointment" when the wheels from my lovely Harpo trolley first started to fall off.

The trolley IS really good and has lots of PLUS points. But the wheels falling off are a real design flaw. (This is of course a massive understatement on how annoyingly frustrating the wheels are.)

But here is how you can fix the Harpo trolley using just a cheap metal teaspoon.

The design problem is very small... it's the teeth on the metal disc which turn the wrong way round with use, meaning that rod can't go full length into the trolley.

The teeth should be pointing towards the tyre and flush with the wheel - the wheel below is ok

If it looks like this (below) then you need to fix it

Grab a metal teaspoon rather than a screwdriver as you don't want to accidentally break off any of those teeth, you just want to push the ring down and at the same time try to push the teeth so it's going inwards towards the tyre. 

BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK THOSE TEETH - don't use a small screwdriver  - use the teaspoon as it's less likely to cause breakage. 

Make sure you pull the rod towards you so that it is extended to it's fullest and carefully push that ring down.

and voila! The pesky wheels go on the trolley first time without any fiddling about.

It's a 10 minute job and saves hours of cursing at your trolley when you try to get it out of the car and the trolley decides to be a pain... and the wheels keep dropping off... and you're trying to get the harp unloaded... and it's raining... and you're annoyed because you spent so much money on this expensive trolley and.....

Friday, 20 February 2015

digital harp parts

Well here's a website worth bookmarking - New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives

Where you can view over 370 harp parts from the library of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

How amazing and incredibly USEFUL is that! FANTASTIC.

It is for research only and not for printing and using on gigs. How many times do you get booked for a gig, and the librarian can't get you the part to look until just before the gig... and it would be really handy to look at the part before you get there.

Well now you can check out that harp part and know whether you need to panic or not!!!

That's worth a round of applause to the amazing archivists who have done this work.

Monday, 9 February 2015

ladies in mercedes

Steve Swallow's Ladies in Mercedes.... great piece and a great find on YouTube of this live performance from 1989 with Emily Mitchell on harp.