FH36H

Overview

  • 36 strings, 5 octaves
  • Solid wood construction in choice of 5 woods
  • Comfortable hybrid staveback design
  • Full set of Loveland sharping levers
  • Deluxe case included

The FH36H has what we feel is the ideal range for a full-size lever harp: five octaves, starting and ending on C. The solid wood construction brings an impressive amount of depth, power and articulation to our characteristic bright and clear sound.

The FH36H has a rectangular soundbox, as opposed to the FH36S. While preserving the superb tone of its popular predecessor, the FH36B, we have increased the playing comfort with facets on the upper corners of the back. This "hybrid staveback" design provides the ergonomic benefits of the FH36S, but at a portion of the cost. The rectangular soundbox shape produces a very balanced, well-defined sound with great projection.

The FH36H includes a full set of Loveland sharping levers (Camac levers are available), a custom tuning wrench and a high quality case. This harp will delight both the professional and the player new to harping who is ready to make an investment in fine craftsmanship, musical potential and sheer enjoyment for years to come.

Sapele: $5295

Maple: $5495

Walnut: $5595

Figured cherry or bubinga*: $5795

Includes deluxe CH36 case and custom tuning wrench.

*Due to export regulations, bubinga is currently available within the U.S. only

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Options

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Abalone Celtic knot on the pillar

Price: $650

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Abalone inlay around the soundboard

Price: $800

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Camac levers

Price: $225

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Bird's-eye maple soundboard veneer

Price: $225

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Koa soundboard veneer (maple harps only)

Price: $225

gut strings

Gut strings

Price: $270

The Dusty Harp Pickup installed

Price: $395

Specifications

Range

  • 36 strings
  • 5 octaves
  • Low: C two octaves below middle C
  • High: C three octaves above middle C

String composition

  • Treble and upper mid-range: nylon monofilament
  • Lower mid-range: nylon core with nylon wrap
  • Bass: phosphor bronze core with nylon wrap

Lever options

  • Full set of Loveland levers included
  • Camac levers available

Woods

  • Sides, back, neck and pillar: sapele, walnut, maple, figured cherry or bubinga
  • Soundboard: solid mahogany in the mid and upper ranges and spruce in the bass, overlaid with book-matched figured hardwood veneer and bordered with purfling and edge binding

Weight

  • Sapele: approximately 27 pounds
  • Walnut: approximately 26 pounds
  • Maple: approximately 30 pounds
  • Figured cherry: approximately 27 pounds
  • Bubinga: approximately 32 pounds
  • Case adds 9½ pounds

Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of the particular tree from which the harp was made.

Approximate Dimensions

  • Height at back of harp: 51 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 54 inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 14 inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 29 inches
Line drawing showing approximate dimensions of FH36H harp

Testimonials

About the FH36B, predecessor to the FH36H:

"When I started playing the harp six years ago I was looking for an instrument which was satisfying in sound and optic as well. Its sound is so special, clear as crystal without being hard, even the softest played notes reach the ear of the audience in the last row, and the bass notes are humming deep in the stomach. I gave her the name “Modwyn” which means as much as “Heart’s delight” because the sound is so inspiring to improvise with sound patterns that it pleases my and my audience’s heart every time I play on this heavenly instrument. Its design does the rest, only having this harp in the center of a stage or chancel makes people let out a gasp of delight. Thanks for building it!"

-Stefanie Bieber (Frankfurt, Germany)

"The Celtic harp has a wonderful resonance and a marvelous, bright clear quality of sound. I especially love this particular Dusty Strings harp... when making music on [it], often I am surprised at how easily the inspiration flows through my heart, head, and hands."

-Paul Baker

"Absolutely fantastic — what a gorgeous tone (even new!). There are now six Dusties in our family!! It’s what I recommend to all my students too."

-Marianna Nystrom (Mechanicsville, Missouri)