The Dusty Blog

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Posted by Dusty - Aug 20, 2021, 10:46 AM
While fluorocarbon strings sound wonderful on certain models of harp, they aren't particularly pleasant on a Dusty Strings harp that was optimized for nylon strings...
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Posted by Dusty - Jul 21, 2021, 1:18 PM
Our new harp model is still in development, but we're excited to share what we know so far, including a video of one of our latest prototypes.
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Posted by Dusty - Jun 21, 2021, 4:17 PM
We've got a new harp model in the works, and are slowly dropping hints before we reveal the full details. If you missed them on Facebook or Instagram, you can catch up here!
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Posted by Dusty - May 27, 2021, 3:00 PM
Dusty Strings can trace our roots back to the 1977 Northwest Folklife Festival, and we'd like to congratulate Folklife on 50 years of sharing folk music, art, dance, food, and other cultural expressions with the Seattle community.
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Posted by Dusty - Sep 29, 2020, 12:34 PM
Dusty Strings' bi-annual harp festival is going online this year.
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Posted by Dusty - Apr 17, 2020, 10:43 AM
A few weeks ago, we put out a call for harp and hammered dulcimer players in isolation to join us in a community music-making project, and here's the final result!
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Posted by Dusty - Apr 9, 2020, 2:45 PM
This pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for everyone. With a stay at home order in place, we've had to put our instrument production on hold, and it has felt really important to all of us to find a way to contribute to the greater cause and to support the medical staff who are on the front lines taking care of people every day.
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Posted by Dusty - Mar 17, 2020, 1:25 PM
While many of us are in isolation and can't play music together in person, we are creating a community music video in which anyone who wants to can participate. You'll send us your videos and we'll edit them all together into a compilation that will remind us that we're a community, that we're not alone, and that music has the power to bridge all sorts of divides.
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Posted by Dusty - Aug 29, 2019, 3:24 PM
We are so grateful to Sunita Staneslow for being our harp case beta tester! We outfitted the case for her Camac Ulysse and sent her off with it from the Somerset harp festival in July. The harp has now been loaded and unloaded on seven different planes, and Sunita has been sending us regular updates, great observations and suggestions, and glowing words of praise.
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Posted by Dusty - Jul 9, 2019, 12:33 PM
It’s not every year you get to celebrate 40 years of building instruments, and when we realized that harp #20000 would coincide with our 40th anniversary, we got inspired to make it something really special.