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Several of us are away at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, and we may not be able to respond to emails and phone calls as quickly as usual. Thank you for your patience!

carbon fiber flight case - 22 pounds. solid wood FH34S harp - starting at 17.5 pounds

Where To Start

If you're new to harp or dulcimer, try our beginner guides as a starting point to get oriented!
Beginner's Guide to HarpsBeginner's Guide to Dulcimers
Welcome to Dusty Strings! We are a small, family-owned business in Seattle, Washington. Since 1979, we have been following our dream of building harps and hammered dulcimers and helping others to fulfill their dreams of making music. Over the years, we've earned a reputation for caring about our instruments and the people who play them, and this shows itself both in the quality of our craftsmanship and the quality of our customer interactions. If you have any questions about our instruments or if you don't even know what questions to ask, we encourage you to give us a call. There will always be a friendly voice on the other end of the telephone!
Link to harps, with background photo of a bubinga harp neck with engraved brass Dusty Strings logo plateLink to Dulcimers, with background photos of dulcimer soundhole and decorative abolone inlayLink to Seattle Store, with background photo of two people playing guitars

Recent Blog Posts

A dozen dusty strings lever harps in a rainbow of colors, clustered in a tight group

Dusty Harps at the 2023 Somerset Folk Harp Festival

July 6, 2023
We look forward to Somerset every year - meeting new people, catching up with old friends, admiring the fine work of our harp-building colleagues, talking shop, and watching someone's face light up when they sit down behind their soulmate harp for the first time.
A size comparison of the FH34S harp in cherry on the left and the FH36S harp in cherry on the right. With the stand on the FH34S, it is about the same overall height as the FH36S.

FH34S vs. FH36S - How do I choose?

March 23, 2023
Hint: It’s not quite as simple as deciding between 34 and 36 strings!
Collage of photos showing different angles of our petite, walnut, staveback, 34-string harp

FH34S: Our new lightweight, solid-wood, 34-string harp

March 24, 2022
At long last, we have a final prototype and are ready to announce the details of our newest harp model! We never expected to build 23 prototypes, but that's what happens when you have creative minds brainstorming lots of ideas for saving weight and retaining the beloved Dusty character. We’ve ended up with the lightest 34-string harp in our lineup, and the sound is sweet, warm, and beautifully balanced, with a full bass and clear, singing treble. It’s a highly flexible and fun-to-play harp that is easy to transport and will be equally at home on stage, in your living room, at the therapy bedside, or in a pub session.