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American Harp Society Conference

June 30 - July 3, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Lots of harps to play, plus world-class concerts and tons of workshops for lever and pedal harpists alike.

Somerset Folk Harp Festival

July 21-24 in Parsippany, NJ. This is one of the best opportunities you'll have to try a bunch of different lever harps under one roof! If you've never touched a harp before, why not sign up as a visitor and enjoy the "I always wanted to play the harp!" workshop?

Harp Seattle

October 7-9, 2016 at Dusty Strings. Featuring instruction and performances by Park Stickney, Kim Robertson, Maeve Gilchrist, Nicholas Carter and talented local harpists.

New Products

D670 Hammered Dulcimer

Our newest 4.5-octave chromatic hammered dulcimer has the super bass bridge on both the right and left.

D570 Hammered Dulcimer

Like the D670, this one has the super bass bridge on both sides, but it's smaller and more portable.

Tuning Wrench Holder for harps

You've been asking, and here it is! A soft leather holder that attaches to your harp and keeps your tuning wrench close at hand.

Dulci-Tune electronic tuner for hammered dulcimers

This is our new tool for hammered dulcimer players. It's an electronic tuner that mounts on a tuning pin, works great in noisy environments, and can stay in place while you play!


Welcome to Dusty Strings!

We are a small family-owned business in Seattle, Washington. Since 1979, we have been following our dream of building harps and hammered dulcimers and helping others to fulfill their dreams of making music. Over the years, we've earned a reputation for caring about our instruments and the people who play them, and this shows itself both in the quality of our craftsmanship and the quality of our customer interactions. If you have any questions about our instruments or if you don't even know what questions to ask, we encourage you to give us a call. There will always be a friendly voice on the other end of the telephone!

Bill Johnson, Certified Music Practitioner and hammered dulcimer player, answers some practical questions about what it's like to be a therapeutic musician.
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Music isn't just for humans! Today we have a little collection of stories about the therapeutic effects of music on our four-legged furry friends.
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Years ago I was asked be part of a musical program at one of our local cancer treatment hospitals. Individual musicians were to play for ten or fifteen minutes at a time on various pre-assigned floors, then take their instrument to another…
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