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Moss Harp Service

Harp Regulation and Repair

About Steve Moss

Steve Moss tuning a harpSteve Moss has been regulating and repairing harps for over twenty years. During his eight years with Lyon & Healy, he trained and worked with Master Regulator Peter Wiley. Steve oversaw the company’s lever harp production for two years before moving into pedal harp assembly and regulation. He also specialized in training new employees and visiting apprentices.

Steve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory and History from Yale University. He has been active as a performing musician and songwriter, both as a solo artist and in groups. He has produced two CDs and plays the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and jaw harp.

As a traveling technician, Steve has serviced harps in the Midwest and across the country. Recent clients include the principal harpists of the Milwaukee Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and the Utah Symphony, as well as the University of Michigan , Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University , Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the University of Toledo.He makes frequent regulation trips to Lyon & Healy West in Salt Lake City.

Steve is the author of Harp Care with Steve Moss, the first instructional DVD on harp maintenance, covering tuning, string replacement, cleaning, and moving of pedal and lever harps.

Steve lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with his wife and two daughters.

What the Critics are Saying:

"Just a quick note to say thanks for the excellent work you did on my Pilgrim Progress pedal harp. Not only is the intonation improved beyond all recognition, the timbre is also much better. It now sounds as good as I remember my college instrument sounding. When I first bought the instrument I was worried that I had wasted my money on a harp that was never going to be satisfying to play. Those fears have been laid to rest.
Thank you also for going to the effort of figuring out how to adjust the pedal mechanism to stop the clicking. It's a great improvement all in itself, but I'm also relieved to know that the clicking wasn't being caused by some scary unsolvable problem in the action."
--Seumas Gagne

"Steve Moss is personable, knowledgeable, and honest in his dealings with harpists and their harps. I have appreciated his thorough service when regulating harps for Lyon & Healy West."
-- ShruDeLi Ownbey, Director, Lyon & Healy West

"Steve Moss takes excellent care of harps and harpists. His technical work is exquisite and his conversations about instruments are accurate and clear. He works patiently with new instruments that are solid and older instruments that bring their own issues. He works to make each harpist happy with the way her (or his) harp sounds, explaining and teaching about the physics of harps generously, helping players understand the technical possibilities of the particular instrument. Add to this his ability to work a complex schedule with people who are very busy, and you have the consummate professional. I'm happy to recommend him without reservation."
--Anna Vorhes Principal Harpist, Sioux City Symphony, Professor of Harp, Augustana College , Sioux Falls, SD

"I'm happy to recommend harp technician Steve Moss. Steve works with you every step of the way to accommodate your concerns while maintaining your harp in peak performance condition."
--Ann Lobotzke, Principal Harpist, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, www.iharp4u.com

"Steve Moss is a competent technician, not just a regulator. He has a deep understanding of every aspect of how a harp goes together and operates. His approach to helping harpists with their particular needs is commendable. I trust his abilities completely and recommend his help without reservation."
--Peter Wiley, Master Harp Technician, Harp Doctor, LLC

"Steve Moss's regulation services resulted in harps with excellent half-step regulation and good grip on the strings. He was patient, thorough, and worked with high standards from start to finish. Steve's business manner is equally professional and courteous. I felt very welcome to work with him on any harp concerns, before and after regulation."
--Joan Holland, Professor of Harp, The University of Michigan, Instructor, Interlochen Arts Academy

"Steve Moss was our harp service technician in residence at one of our Midwest Harp Festivals a few years ago. He demonstrated a vast knowledge of all sizes, brands, and models of harps and did an excellent job in regulating and dealing with the many varying technical problems. He conducted a successful harp maintenance workshop, focusing on changing pedal felts and lever harp maintenance. Steve is an intelligent and gracious person as he supported the festival in its entirety."
--Lorelei Kaiser Barton, Professional Harpist and Instructor ORU, TU, TCC Director - Midwest Harp Festival www.tulsaharp.com