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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!

Recent Blog Posts

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Posted by Dusty Strings - Mar 23, 2017, 2:52 PM
The scents of spring are starting to waft through our damp Seattle air, and our thoughts are turning to harp festivals! There are many wonderful…
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Jan 27, 2017, 4:02 PM
Our newest harp model is geared towards playing Mariachi music, specifically in school programs. The Mariachi 34 combines traditional Mexican…
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Dec 22, 2016, 2:55 PM
If you think you can't play harp, think again. Ginny Oman tells us what it's like to play harp with secondary progressive M.S., including the…
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Nov 11, 2016, 4:51 PM
You’ve probably heard at some point that bad things might happen if a wooden musical instrument gets too dry, but what does that actually mean? How…

Recent Forum Topics

May 22
@Biagio wrote: Christy, just curious: have you folks considered introducing a wire strung harp recently (a friend of mine has one that Ray made years ago and it still sounds great)? I know there is not a great deal…
May 18
@Zooby wrote: I am trying learn more about a specific FH36B harp. I have the serial #4096. Is there anyway to determine the age of the harp by the serial number? Also, I am not familiar with the B model. …
Apr 22
@CherylZ wrote: On the Music for Healing and Transition Program forum, there has been a discussion on sanitizing harps and other wood instruments that are played in the hospital and other healthcare facilities. Kn…
Mar 3
@arktrav_72 wrote: I know this sounds crazy, but do you have trouble seeing the strings? I do. I'm new to all of this and notice that either it is a depth perception thing or something but I'm just having trouble …
Feb 27
@arktrav_72 wrote: I am brand new to the hammered dulcimer, but for years have played guitar, mandolin and banjo. In those instruments we enjoy know all about the instrument, woods, etc. In that vain I would like …
Feb 14
@Pepper wrote: Remember when you waited FOREVER for your instrument to arrive, if it was delivered to you? Mine is not new now, but I will always remember the unforgettable agony of waiting. Somebody that is talen…