The Dusty Blog

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Posted by Dusty Strings - Nov 4, 2014, 2:12 PM
We have one set of parts for an FH36S staveback harp made out of rare, highly-figured pommele sapele. Here's your chance to design the harp of your dreams!
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Oct 29, 2014, 3:53 PM
We just got back from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a vendor's point of view.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Oct 8, 2014, 6:06 PM
We've told you the story of how Dusty Strings came to be, and now we're sharing a snapshot (well, a few snapshots) of the first few years and the particular place where it all began.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Sep 16, 2014, 2:59 PM
Here's a preview of the Dusty Strings harps you can see at the 2014 Southeastern Harp Weekend, including our new concert gut Boulevard and a special curly maple harp.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Aug 25, 2014, 5:07 PM
The 2014 Southeastern Harp Weekend is October 24th-26th in Asheville, NC.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Aug 19, 2014, 3:47 PM
A short video showing a nylon wound harp string being made.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Aug 11, 2014, 5:04 PM
We recently had Dusty Strings harp #001 in the shop for a tune-up, and we took the opportunity to ask the harp's owner, Peter Berry, a few questions.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Aug 5, 2014, 8:34 AM
We've been sorting through some of our old photos and documents recently, and we thought it would be fun to share a few "time capsule" moments from Dusty Strings history. To start off with, here is an authentic historical document from 1980 - a Seattle Times profile of the fledgling Dusty Strings Dulcimer Company.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Jul 30, 2014, 6:39 PM
Most hammered dulcimer makers offer both laminated (plywood) and solid wood instruments, and it can be difficult to know how to choose, or even how important the choice is. Here are some explanations and observations about the differences between the two materials.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Jul 24, 2014, 4:08 PM
Search the web for sharping lever comparisons and you’ll find a wide range of passionate opinions on what type of lever is the best. (If you’re new to the harp, sharping levers are what allow you to raise the pitch of individual strings by a half step, which means that you can play music in different keys without re-tuning the harp.) Because our current scope of experience is mainly with Loveland and Camac levers, we aren’t going to speak to the other options that are out there, and because we firmly believe that no issue has a single solution that is objectively the best for everyone, we are not going to offer an opinion on which lever is better. What we intend to do is share our observations about the differences between Camac and Loveland levers.