A number of years ago, I realized there were certain things that I needed when I was on the road to avoid any problems that would prevent me from playing my autoharp. This rescue apparatus I named the ARK, also called the Autoharp Repair Kit.
It features the following items:
One full package of 36 autoharp strings, plus, some of the more frequent breaking strings like 8G and 9A.
Chromatic tuner with backup AAA batteries
I sometimes carry two tuners in case I misplace one. Tuning by ear sucks for me, especially if all 36 strings need tuning.
Another essential for the road. I prefer to carry two as well. One as a backup and one that I use regularly.
Pliers and wire cutters
Pliers always come in handy on the road. But they and the wire cutters are specially great to have around when you need to fix a broken string.
Phillips Head Screw Driver
I picked on that will flip over to be used as a flathead too. Great for any chord bar adjustments.
I mostly use the hobby knife when refelting chord bars, but now and then it comes in handy other places.
I don't usually have too many pick problems, but it never hurts to have backups. I usually carry one extra set just in case.
When you work the autoharp is hard as I do, screws loosen on the chord bar case. I like to carry a couple extra screws in case any wiggle free.
My felts aren't usually in that bad shape. So I rarely carry them on the road since I'm usually only gone for a weekend. If I go longer, I usually bring extra.
Your basic ARK will cost you about $125 which includes everything listed above.
Got something you think should be a part of the ARK? Post your comments on the Autoharp Repair Kit YouTube video.