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Quiz: Which harp wood are you?

Are you a bold bubinga person or an understated walnut person? Did you choose the harp that matches your personality, or did opposites attract? Take this quiz to find out!
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/09/which-harp-wood-are-you/

Hammered Dulcimer in Film Scores

One of our favorite questions to ask new dulcimer players is what sort of music they plan to play. Many of the answers have been the same for 35 years ("hymns," "Celtic music," and "Stairway to Heaven," for example), but these days there is also a liberal…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/04/hammered-dulcimer-film-scores/

D550 Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer App for iPad

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…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/01/d550-chromatic-hammered-dulcimer-app-ipad/

Dusty Strings Holiday Gift Guide

If you're searching for the perfect gift for the harpist or dulcimer player in your life, here's some inspiration!
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/12/dusty-holiday-gift-guide/

Why You Really Do Deserve A Nice Instrument

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 p…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/06/why-you-really-do-deserve-nice-instrument/

Stephen Peterson's Harp Story

It's easy to get caught up in the daily business of making, selling and supporting our harps and hammered dulcimers, but every once in a while a customer tells us a story that reminds us of why we are really doing this. Time after time, we hear about the …
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/03/stephen-petersons-harp-story/

Harp Is The New Guitar (or Singing With Your Harp)

I have recently become aware of a startling piece of information, which is that you don't need to play guitar or piano to be a singer-songwriter. In fact, I'm pretty sure that harp is the new guitar. To back up this bold statement (and perhaps to inspire …
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/02/harp-new-guitar-or-singing-harp/

Can I really play that on a hammered dulcimer?

People often ask us what kind of music can be played on a hammered dulcimer, and the short answer is that you can play pretty much anything. The longer answer is that it does depend a lot on the range and chromatic capability of your particular instrument…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/06/can-i-really-play-hammered-dulcimer/