Our FH harps offer you a choice of several fine hardwoods, and for most people, the decision is based on a combination of factors. The differences in price are related to the availability and cost of each wood type as well as the ease or difficulty of working with it. Our harps show the natural color and grain of the wood through a clear lacquer finish without any stain, and the visual aesthetic of the wood is often an important consideration. Also, each species of wood lends a subtly different character to the harp's tone, which is a difficult and amorphous thing to try to describe in words. Walnut, maple and bubinga are simplest to distinguish. Figured cherry and sapele seem to blend the tonal characteristics of the other woods, making them more difficult to differentiate verbally. We've done our best to give you a general overview of the tonal qualities of the different woods:
Walnut—soft, warm, mellow, and intimate
Maple—crisp and clean, very bright, focused and articulate
Bubinga—deep and full bodied, with an authoritative bass and bell-like treble and mid range
Sapele—bright and clean, with a balance of warmth and depth
Figured Cherry—both deep and bright, with a strong but very smooth voice
The FH36H has what we feel is the ideal range for a full-size lever harp: five octaves, starting and ending on C. The all-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-stave" 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.
Figured cherry or bubinga*: $5795
*Due to export regulations, bubinga is available within the U.S. only.
Celtic knot inlaid in abalone on the pillar
Abalone inlay around the soundboard
Bird's-eye maple soundboard veneer
Koa soundboard veneer (maple harps only)
Camac sharping levers
The Dusty Harp Pickup installed
Levers: full set of Loveland levers. Camac levers available.
Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of each piece of wood. The case adds about 9½ pounds.
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."
"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)