Sorry about that post title, I could't resist it !
Having recently spent time making a couple of psalteries and then playing them in, I have been renewing aquaintance with my own instrument, which had been out on loan while I made the others. I picked it up and tested for tuning, it was OK. It had been OK when I lent it out (sans tuning lever), and I began trying to remember the last time it was tuned.
I could'nt !
I then gave a thought to the strings on it, they are all original to when the psaltery was made in 1984. They have dulled somewhat (a bit like me'sel) but show no signs of rust and still sound good.
So, a couple of questions. How often do you all tune, how often do you contemplate changing all the strings on your instrument, (and am I being mean to mine ,lol.) I regularly play a hammered dulcimer made around the same time, and that still has all its original strings!
and no, my middle name is not 'Scrooge' !