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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

Corner of a chromatic hammered dulcimer with a black soundboard, abalone inlay, and highly figured bubinga wood on the edges

45th Anniversary Limited Edition Hammered Dulcimer

April 10, 2024
Our 45th anniversary happens to coincide with building our 20,000th hammered dulcimer, which is something we're pretty proud of! To mark the occasion, we've designed a limited edition dulcimer incorporating highly-figured bubinga, among other decorative details.
Playlist of YouTube videos comparing harps

Ravennas vs. Other Brands - Lever Harp Comparison Video Playlists

March 1, 2024
We've collected some videos that show accurate side-by-side comparisons of our Ravenna harps with other brands of harp.
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.