Dusty Strings Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 02, 2015

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There's nothing like a cold, rainy day in Seattle to put one in a festive holiday mood, and even though we've missed Black Friday, we thought it might not be too late to put together some lists of Dusty Strings-themed holiday gift inspiration! We've sorted the lists by type of recipient as well as by price level, so whether you're a harp or dulcimer player yourself, you know someone who is, or you have a grandchild or recently-retired spouse who really wants to start playing, there's bound to be something of interest to you.

Also, we have sale prices on a few of our accessories! We hardly ever discount anything, so if you've been eyeing our zippered canvas tote bags, cozy fleece Wristies or addictive Anti-Aging Kits, now is the time to go for it! Sale prices last until the end of December.

Gifts for Harp Players

Stocking Stuffers

Under $40

Under $100

Super Special Gifts

Gifts for Hammered Dulcimer Players

Stocking Stuffers

Under $40

Under $100

Super Special Gifts

Gifts for Roadies and Fans

Gifts for Future Musicians

 

Gifts for Harp Players - Stocking Stuffers

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String Anchor Pack $5

Splines and leather washers are used with nylon harp strings to keep the harper's knot from pulling through the soundboard. While they can be reused from an old string to a new one, they are an easy thing to lose, and every harpist will appreciate having some backups!

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Color Rings $6.95

These red and blue rings can be used to mark the C and F tuning pins, and will eliminate the need to count pins or stand on a stool to look down at your harp from above in order to be sure you're tuning the same string you're plucking. Also useful as an additional marker for sharping levers.

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Spare Duo-Tune Batteries $10

Your Duo-Tune may last forever, but the batteries probably won't! This pack of spares is sure to come in handy.

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Wristies $17 SALE $15

Cozy fleece wristies keep hands warm while leaving fingers free to play the harp. Great for outdoor gigs or harpists with chronically cold hands! Available in a variety of colors.

Gifts for Harp Players - Under $40

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T-Shirts $18

Sturdy 100% cotton T-shirts in both men's and women's sizes with the classic Dusty Strings logo. Available in several different colors.

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50 Christmas Carols for All Harps $19.95

This book by Sylvia Woods contains a great selection of Christmas carols, each with a beginning and advanced arrangement that can be played alone or as a duet.

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Tote Bags $32.95 SALE $25

These heavy-weight canvas tote bags have a zippered top and are sturdy enough to hold all of that gear you used to pile up in your arms and try not to drop as you tottered from the car to your lesson or gig.

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Tuning Wrench Holder $34.95

No more sitting on your tuning wrench while you play or accidentally knocking it off your music stand! This soft leather holder attaches to the back of your harp with bendable tabs and keeps your wrench close at hand.

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Anti-Aging Kit $35 SALE $29

This nifty cosmetic kit will knock years off the appearance of a well-loved harp. Dust, dings and scratches will magically disappear!

Gifts for Harp Players - Under $100

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Universal Wrench $62

In a perfect world, all harp tuning pins would be the same size, but alas, that is not the case. The Universal Wrench easily adjusts to fit any size harp pin, making it an ideal tool for harpist with antique harps or multiple harps by different makers, or for teachers whose students don't always remember their tuning keys.

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Duo-Tune $85

This nifty tool combines the tuning wrench and electronic tuner into a single device. You simply fit the wrench onto a tuning pin, push the yellow button with your thumb, and then watch the display as you tune the string. It works well in noisy rooms, and there's no need to hold a separate tuner or find somewhere to balance it!

Gifts for Harp Players - Super Special Gifts

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Tool Kit $185

For the DIY harpist, this spiffy zippered clutch includes a beautiful turned wooden handle with interchangeable tool tips for adjusting and regulating Loveland levers, as well as an illustrated instruction guide, a dusting brush and some extra supplies for string emergencies.

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Harp Cart $235

Tote your harp with ease using this sturdy wheeled cart! The harp straps in securely with bungee cords, and the cart folds up when you don't need it. Also works as a flat, four-wheeled dolly when folded up!

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Dusty Harp Pickup $275 - $395

The Dusty Harp Pickup is the product of many years of testing and refinement, and does a spectacular job of reproducing the actual sound of your lever or pedal harp, only louder! Anyone who plays in public and wants to be heard at the back of the hall will appreciate the sound quality and the ease of use - just plug it in to an amplifier or sound system and you're ready to go!

Gifts for Dulcimer Players - Stocking Stuffers

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Spare Dulci-Tune Batteries $10

Your Dulci-Tune may last forever, but the batteries probably won't! This pack of spares is sure to come in handy.

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Wristies $17 SALE $15

Cozy fleece wristies keep hands warm while leaving fingers free to hold your hammers. Great for outdoor gigs, festivals or chronically cold hands! Available in a variety of colors.

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Spare String Kit $15.50 - $49.50

It may not sound glamorous, but a spare string kit is a necessity for any gigging dulcimer player and a welcome luxury for the rest of us! The spare kit contains a few strings of each gauge, giving you the security of an immediate replacement string without having to wait for the mail.

Gifts for Dulcimer Players - Under $40

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T-shirts $18

Sturdy 100% cotton T-shirts in both men's and women's sizes with the classic Dusty Strings logo. Available in several different colors.

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Hammered Dulcimer Christmas book $20

This handy book by Linda Lowe Thompson contains 46 Christmas carols arranged for hammered dulcimer, including chord symbols and tips for simplifying arrangements.

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Tote Bags $32.95 SALE $25

These heavy-weight canvas tote bags have a zippered top and are sturdy enough to hold all of that gear you used to pile up in your arms and try not to drop as you staggered from the car to your lesson or gig.

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Anti-Aging Kit $35 SALE $29

This nifty cosmetic kit will knock years off the appearance of a well-loved hammered dulcimer. Dust, dings and scratches will magically disappear!

Gifts for Dulcimer Players - Under $100

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Double-sided Hammers $48

Our most popular hammers have a bare wood surface on one side and a suede leather surface on the other, making it easy to switch between a bold, percussive tone and a softer, more muted tone. They are available with an oval head or with a large or small hexagonal head.

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Double-padded Hammers $54

These are the perfect hammers to round out any discerning dulcimer player's collection. The thin kangaroo leather on one side is slightly softer than bare wood, and the thick felt on the other side produces a gorgeously gentle, piano-like tone.

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Dulci-Tune $79

This is the only electronic tuner (that we know of) designed specifically for hammered dulcimer! The brightly-lit and adjustable display sits securely on a tuning pin and picks up vibrations directly through the pin, making it easy to tune in noisy rooms or on dark stages. There is no need for clips or wires, and you can even leave it in place while you play!

Gifts for Dulcimer Players - Super Special Gifts

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Damper Kit for D45 or PD40 $295

Dampers make it possible to mute a dulcimer's strings by using a foot pedal, allowing the player to delicately articulate notes or play with a wholly muted, marimba-like tone. All of our D45 and PD40 models have pre-drilled damper holes, so it's relatively easy for anyone to add dampers using this kit.

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Tristander or Flatstander $345

Our sturdiest and most versatile hammered dulcimer support system consists of three telescoping legs that screw into individual brackets mounted to the back of the dulcimer. It won't tip over, and we have also seen it used to creatively solve problems of limited stage space or uneven terrain, since each leg can be set to a different length. Play flat with the Flatstander or angled with the Tristander.

Gifts for Roadies and Fans

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T-shirts $18

Sturdy 100% cotton T-shirts in both men's and women's sizes with the classic Dusty Strings logo. Help your fans show off their Dusty pride!

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Wristies $17 SALE $15

Not just for musicians, cozy fleece wristies are the perfect gift for anyone who needs to keep their hands warm and their fingers nimble. After all, you wouldn't want your roadies hauling delicate instruments or setting up sensitive equipment with stiff, cold fingers, would you?

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Tote Bags $32.95 SALE $25

These heavy-weight canvas tote bags have a zippered top and are sturdy enough to hold all of that gear you used to pile up in your arms and try not to drop as you tottered from the car to your lesson or gig.

Gifts for Future Musicians

Do you have a grandchild who is fascinated by your hammered dulcimer and spends hours banging away on it when he or she is at your house? Or perhaps a son or daughter who, for some reason you can't quite fathom, has become fixated on playing the harp? What about a spouse or recently retired relative who has always wanted to learn an instrument but thinks it might be too late to start? Both harp and hammered dulcimer are among the simplest instruments to learn, and even those with no musical background can produce satisfying sounds right from the start. In our opinion, it is never too late or too early to learn!

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Ravenna 26 $875

At 26 strings and 3-1/2 octaves, this harp has a small frame with a surprisingly big and clear voice! Its size and sturdiness make it a very appealing floor harp for a small child or a portable travel harp for an adult. We use the same high-quality hardware on the Ravennas as we do on our other harps, so they are guaranteed to function well!

(Above price includes a partial set of sharping levers and a tuning wrench.)

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Prelude $585

Our smallest dulcimer is 2-1/2 octaves and produces a sweet and bright tone. It's small enough to be easily played and carried by a child, with a solid but lightweight construction and strings that rarely break. It also makes a great introductory or travel dulcimer for an adult!

(Above price includes a case, hammers, tuning wrench and two playing legs.)

Happy holidays from all of us at Dusty Strings!



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