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How to Keep Your Harp or Hammered Dulcimer Safe from Cracking in the Winter Months

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 dry is too dry? Is it the inside air or the outside air that matters? How do you measure it? What’s actuall…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/11/how-keep-your-harp-or-hammered-dulcimer-safe-cracking-winter-months/

Can I replace my nylon harp strings with gut?

The short answer is yes, you probably can, but there are some important things to take into consideration so that you don't hurt your harp. There's also a lot of mystery surrounding harp strings and string tension, so we'd like to explain some of the basi…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/08/can-i-replace-my-nylon-harp-strings-gut/

How to load an FH36 in its case

Our 36-string harp cases are a very tight fit when they're new, and this video will give you some tips about getting your harp into the case without tearing your hair out.
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/04/how-load-fh36-its-case/

New rules for flying with musical instruments

Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/09/new-rules-flying-musical-instruments/

Do I really need an extra set of harp strings?

Important information about replacing broken harp strings to help you decide if you should invest in a backup string set.
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/08/do-i-really-need-extra-set-harp-strings/

Hammered Dulcimer: Tuning the Treble Bridge

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 an…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/05/hammered-dulcimer-tuning-treble-bridge/

Does a black soundboard make it easier to play the hammered dulcimer?

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. natu…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/04/does-black-soundboard-make-it-easier-play-hammered-dulcimer/

Sanitizing Harps in Therapy Settings

One hurdle that therapy harpists sometimes run into is the need to disinfect their harp. Depending on the situation, there may be specific protocols that have to be followed, and harpists are understandably worried about what this means for their instrume…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/03/sanitizing-harps-therapy-settings/

Dusty Pedal Harp Pickup Video Demonstration

This video demonstrates the sound of the Dusty Strings P30 Pedal Harp Pickup in a Lyon and Healy. Video and demonstration by Katie Buckley, principal harpist in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/02/dusty-pedal-harp-pickup-video-demonstration/

When does wood choice in harps matter?

So you’re reaching the end of your quest for the perfect harp. You’ve considered the number of strings you want, the size of the harp, pedals vs. levers and so on, and you’ve finally found the right model for you. But one last decision remains: which wood…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/01/when-does-wood-choice-harps-matter/

Plywood vs. Solid Wood Hammered Dulcimers

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 …
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/07/plywood-vs-solid-wood-hammered-dulcimers/

Sharping Levers: Camac vs. Loveland

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, wh…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/07/sharping-levers-camac-vs-loveland/

Amplifying Your Harp: Preamps, D.I.s and Connecting the Dots

This is the final post in our harp amplification series, which covers the details of connecting everything together. If you can make it through all of them, you should have a pretty complete (if basic) picture of what you’ll need to get the sound from you…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/05/amplifying-your-harp-preamps-dis-and-connecting-dots/

Amplifying Your Harp: What is all that other gear and how much of it do you really need?

This is the third post in our harp amplification for beginners series. (We tried to make it the last one but it just got too long, so we split it up.) The first post talked about the differences between microphones and pickups, and the second post explain…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/05/amplifying-your-harp-how-much-other-gear-do-you-need/

Amplifying Your Harp: The Dusty Harp Pickup, Pedal Harp Pickup and Jack Clamp

How do you give someone a pickup recommendation for their harp when you’ve tried just about every pickup out there and none of them have been all that satisfying? For us, the answer was to go to work developing our own. We thought there must be a way to g…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/05/amplifying-your-harp-dusty-harp-pickup-pedal-harp-pickup-and-jack-clamp/

Amplifying Your Harp: Pickup vs. Microphone

People ask us frequently about the best way to amplify their harp, and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone’s situation is different (needing a bit of a boost for outdoor weddings vs. competing for volume in a rock band), and the best solut…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/05/amplifying-your-harp-pickup-vs-microphone/

Buzzing Harp Strings

Is a buzzing harp string driving you crazy? To help you out, we've created a step-by-step interactive guide to troubleshooting string buzzes. It is geared towards Dusty Strings harps in particular, but could also be useful if you have a harp by a differen…
http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/04/buzzing-harp-strings/