How to Transport a Harp. Harps are large, cumbersome and awkward - a graceful instrument that's difficult to transport gracefully. You can, however, take several steps to ensure that your harp arrives intact at your destination.
Loosen the strings slightly before transporting your harp. Atmospheric changes can soften glues and stretch the strings, causing damage.
Use a hard-shelled, foam-lined case for long-distance or air travel. Buy a standard manufacturer's case or order a custom case. These cases should be waterproof and have multiple locks.
Use your quilted harp cover or a blanket and a cushioned area in your vehicle when taking your harp to a local performance site.
Transport a pedal-less (Celtic) harp in the back seat of a car using the seat as a cushion base. Many of these smaller harps have removable legs for ease in transport.
Carry a full-pedal traditional harp in the back of a recreational vehicle or van. Line the hard surface with cushions or blankets to ensure safe transport.
Wedge cushions against the sides of the harp to make sure it will not slip during transport.
Purchase a specially designed harp cart to transfer your harp from your vehicle to your performance site.
Find a convenient location to retune your harp once you arrive.
Avoid leaving your harp unattended or in an area with a lot of foot traffic.
Upon arrival at a performance destination, take a few minutes to look around for a safe location to put your harp before getting it out of your vehicle.