Some time ago, I'd ordered a hard-sided traveling case for Corey. The soft case he has now won't work for airplane travel, and since I'm taking him to Ireland, he needs an airplane-ready carrier. My friend Jeff Lewis (http://www.lewiscreek.net/
) makes harps and he said he could make Corey a good travel case, and a while ago he called to let me know it was done. After school check-out was finished, I drove over to Howell to get it.
The case is solid and utilitarian. It's made of heavy-duty plywood and screws shut, so I'll have to bring a small screwdriver with me so I can get Corey out of it. It's also =heavy=, but I'm not going to be hauling Corey around in it on a daily basis, and I'm willing to deal with the weight at the airport.
As an added bonus, I was able to buy another tuning wrench and a tuner. I'd lost mine up at my sister's birthday party over Memorial Day, and you just try walking into a music shop to ask for a tuning wrench suitable for a harp.
CLERK: A tuning what?
ME: A tuning wrench. It's also called a tuning key. For tuning harp strings?
CLERK: A harp?
ME: Yeah. A harp. I play a harp and I need a tuning wrench.
CLERK: We don't carry harps.
ME: You have two folk harps in your window.
CLERK: Oh yeah. Those have been there for years. I don't even remember when we got them.
ME: Look, I'm hoping you'll have a tuning wrench that'll fit my instrument. Do you?
CLERK: We have wrenches we use to repair guitars with, but they're not for sale. Try a hardware store.
ME: No, I need a =tuning= wrench. To turn the pegs on my harp. I lost my old wrench and I need a new one.
CLERK: Why don't you go to a harp store?
ME: Do you know of any in the area?
And so on. I could order a wrench on-line, but believe it or not, harp pegs are =not= standardized, and it's entirely possible to get one that won't fit. So that's a risk. But Jeff carries the right size--I've bought them from him before. I also bought a new tuner from him, since my old one had similarly vanished. This one has a metronome built in, and it'll be handy for Aran to use for his lessons.
Now Corey is ready to travel! The smooth, empty surface of the case begs for Ireland bumper stickers . . .