FH36H 36-string hybrid-staveback harp in maple
FH36H in maple
FH36H 36-string hybrid-staveback harp in bubinga
FH36H in bubinga
dusty strings FH36H harp in walnut
FH36H in walnut
FH36H 36-string hybrid-staveback harp in sapele
FH36H in sapele
FH36H 36-string hybrid-staveback harp in walnut, seen from the back
FH36H back view (in walnut)
close-up of the hybrid stave back on an FH36H harp
Hybrid stave back
closeup of the engraved dusty strings brass plate on an FH36H harp
FH36H detail (in bubinga)

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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

Click here for photos of the different woods.

  • 36 strings, 5 octaves
  • All solid wood construction in choice of 5 woods
  • Comfortable hybrid-stave back design
  • Full set of Loveland sharping levers
  • Deluxe case

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.

Sapele: $5295

Maple: $5495

Walnut: $5595

Figured cherry or bubinga*: $5795

Includes CH36 case and custom tuning wrench.

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

Please call us to place an order!

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Celtic knot inlaid in abalone on the pillar

Price: $650


Abalone inlay around the soundboard

Price: $800


Bird's-eye maple soundboard veneer

Price: $250


Koa soundboard veneer (maple harps only)

Price: $250


Camac sharping levers

Price: $225


Gut strings

Price: $270


The Dusty Harp Pickup installed

Price: $395


  • 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

String charts and order forms

Levers: full set of Loveland levers. Camac levers available.


  • 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

More information on the woods we use


  • Maximum height: 54 inches
  • Maximum soundboard width: 14 inches


  • Sapele: approx. 26 lbs.
  • Walnut: approx. 25 lbs.
  • Maple: approx. 27 lbs.
  • Figured cherry: approx. 25 lbs.
  • Bubinga: approx. 30 lbs.

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.

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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)

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