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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!
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Recent Blog Posts

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.
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Silhouette of a person playing a Dusty Strings FH34S harp against a blue sky

What's going on with that new harp model?

March 11, 2022
If you’ve been wondering about this, you’re probably not alone! We didn’t mean to leave you hanging this long with no news whatsoever, but we’ve been so busy trying to keep up with our daily work that we haven’t noticed how quickly time is passing. We were shocked to realize that the last time we’d posted anything about the FH34S was back in July!
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Harp with fluorcarbon strings

Can I put fluorocarbon strings on my Dusty Strings harp?

August 20, 2021
There are a couple of different ways to approach this question. The most basic answer is that you could string a Dusty Strings harp with fluorocarbon, provided you did your research on density, lowered the string gauges to keep from overloading the harp, and swapped out sharping levers to match the new string gauges. It wouldn’t be an easy switch, but it would be possible.
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