Tuning keys

Old Irish harp standard tuning key

These keys are specially made for old Irish harps. They have large tapered sockets to fit the large tapered square drives of old-style brass tuning pins. I usually use a no.14 (5.75mm) or no.15 (6mm) brass clock key to give an accurate square socket, though I can use a different size to suit your harp better. I file out the step inside to make a longer tapered square socket; I silver-solder an extension to the shaft to give enough clearance between handle and pins. The handle is hand-carved from local wood – I have Irish birch, oak and yew, and Scottish walnut and cherry. The wood is finished with beeswax. I can make your key a custom fit to your hand and your harp, or just send you one from stock like the one pictured. £75

Standard small-socket tuning key

These keys are suitable for harps with machined steel tuning pin drives (where the drive is smaller than the shaft). The socket is made from a plated steel clock key and I typically carry socket sizes from 4.0mm to 6.25mm. If you are not 100% sure what size you need, I can send you a selection of plain sockets so you can try them and see which size fits your pins best, or you can send me one of your pins. £45

Deluxe options

Rectangular socket, multiple different sized sockets; bone or bog-oak handle, gilded decoration, long handle, no handle “pendant” shape… Get in touch with your custom tuning key requirements and I’ll see what I can do for you!

Keyring tuning key

You can use these little keys for emergency backup tuning key on your keyring, or you can use them as the basis for making a custom key for your harp. The small ones are ordinary radiator keys which are 4.8mm; the large ones are ordinary clock keys which come in a range of sizes in 0.25mm increments.

Large handle, made from brass or steel (clock key). A variety of sizes available. Please check your tuning pin size before ordering. You can return a key that does not fit, and try the next size. £6
Small handle, made from brass (radiator key). 4.8mm size, £2
Small handle, any other size, £20.
Deluxe keyring tuning key. I can make you a miniature version of any of my full-sized tuning keys. The price will be the same as the full-sized version. I recommend the option of a suspension loop (add £15 to the basic price).

How to order:

Send an email to shop@simonchadwick.net, or phone or text me, telling me what you would like.

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If you are not sure what you need, still get in touch and ask me. There is no commitment to place an order; just call or email and see if the price and description is really what you are after. I am happy to recommend other sellers who might have what you need.