Under the threat of a tornado watch today, I’ve begun to restring my lyre bit-by-bit. The zither pins came in yesterday, and I immediately noticed a difference between them and the lyre’s original, Pakistani pins. The new ones are made from a markedly shinier, tougher metal, and they have finer threads than the old ones (which might has well be screws). That said, it takes a long time to screw the new ones in, but I’m immediately noticing a tighter, more secure fit, and the strings can now hold a tune. I won’t do the final tuning of the lyre until I’ve changed out all of the pins, since the strings need to relax for a day or so before I can do that. I also still need to get a new tuning pipe so I can actually tune this thing. Back when I was in band and had to tune things like timpani drums, I used to have a really handy wheel tuning pipe to find the tune. Of course, I can no longer find that all these years later. I’m thinking of seeing if I can track down a battery operated instrument to help me tune, since it would be easier to use while I use both hands to actually tune the lyre (timpani are tuned with your foot).
Three pins are installed, seven to go! ^.^