The Dusty Blog
Posted by Dusty Strings - Jan 20, 2016, 1:26 PM
This virtual dulcimer for iPad uses sound samples recorded from an actual D550 and plays just like the real thing (except with your fingers instead of hammers). It can be a learning tool, an aid for traveling musicians, and a fun addition to any impromptu jam session.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Nov 18, 2015, 6:57 PM
We are often asked how our abalone Celtic knot inlay is done, so here is Frank Posenke, 19-year veteran of our Finish Team and Celtic knot specialist (among his many other skills), to show you what the process is like.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Oct 29, 2015, 1:22 PM
We just returned from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a harp-maker's perspective. We came home exhausted, but with hearts full of smiles and stories form the harpists we met, and heads full of ideas and inspiration from our fellow builders.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Oct 6, 2015, 3:16 PM
The vendor hall at the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC is one of the biggest concentrations of harps, harp music and harp accessories in the country. If you're in the market for a harp or a Christmas present for a harpist in your life, you can browse the vendor hall for free without registering for the festival. Read about the harps and accessories Dusty Strings will be bringing.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Sep 29, 2015, 1:01 PM
Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Aug 5, 2015, 4:08 PM
Important information about replacing broken harp strings to help you decide if you should invest in a backup string set.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Jun 25, 2015, 2:28 PM
The complete list of harps that will be at the Dusty Strings booth at the 2015 Somerset Folk Harp Festival.
Posted by Dusty Strings - Jun 17, 2015, 3:53 PM
Have you ever come across a particularly gorgeous instrument with a wonderfully lush tone and fallen instantly in love? Maybe you were looking, or maybe you were just wandering along minding your own business when you were struck by Cupid’s arrow. There probably followed a period of bliss as you drooled over the possibilities, and then the practical part of your brain kicked in and said, “Wait, I don’t play well enough yet to deserve such a nice instrument.”
Posted by Dusty Strings - May 22, 2015, 1:15 PM
Help! I can't get both sides of the treble bridge in tune! Everyone who plays the hammered dulcimer will at some point or other come across some variation of this problem. There are simply too many strings on the darned thing for tuning to be smooth and easy every time, and it can be quite frustrating when you can get one side or the other of the treble bridge in tune, but not both sides at the same time. The good news is that (assuming your hammered dulcimer is structurally sound) you can most likely solve the problem yourself!
Posted by Dusty Strings - Apr 29, 2015, 3:01 PM
We get asked this question a lot, most often by people who are new to the hammered dulcimer. They are understandably concerned with getting the combination of options that will make it easiest to learn this new instrument, and the choice of black vs. natural finish on the soundboard seems like a big one.