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Where To Start
If you're new to harp or dulcimer, try our beginner guides as a starting point to get oriented!
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!
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.
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!
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.