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Posted by Dusty - Jun 22, 2018, 4:16 PM
If you plan to travel internationally with a harp or dulcimer containing bubinga wood, here's what you need to know.
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Posted by Dusty - Apr 5, 2018, 4:22 PM
When you're going through a dry winter and can't get the humidity up to a safe level in your instrument room, but you don't want the hassle of putting the instrument away in its case all the time, what can you do?
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Posted by Dusty - Nov 11, 2016, 4:51 PM
You’ve probably heard at some point that bad things might happen if a wooden musical instrument gets too dry, but what does that actually mean? How dry is too dry? Is it the inside air or the outside air that matters? How do you measure it? What’s actually at stake if you don’t pay attention to the humidity? Is there any reason to panic?
Thumbnail for Can I replace my nylon harp strings with gut?
Posted by Dusty - Aug 17, 2016, 3:36 PM
The short answer is yes, you probably can, but there are some important things to take into consideration so that you don't hurt your harp. There's also a lot of mystery surrounding harp strings and string tension, so we'd like to explain some of the basic concepts and hopefully clear up a few common misconceptions.
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Posted by Dusty - Apr 5, 2016, 4:47 PM
Our 36-string harp cases are a very tight fit when they're new, and this video will give you some tips about getting your harp into the case without tearing your hair out.
Thumbnail for New rules for flying with musical instruments
Posted by Dusty - Sep 29, 2015, 1:01 PM
Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
Thumbnail for Do I really need an extra set of harp strings?
Posted by Dusty - Aug 5, 2015, 4:08 PM
Important information about replacing broken harp strings to help you decide if you should invest in a backup string set.
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Posted by Dusty - Mar 11, 2015, 11:28 AM
One hurdle that therapy harpists sometimes run into is the need to disinfect their harp. Depending on the situation, there may be specific protocols that have to be followed, and harpists are understandably worried about what this means for their instrument. So to help ease those fears, we did an experiment with sterile alcohol swabs from our first aid cabinet (70% isopropyl alcohol on a cotton pad) to test the effect on the finish we use.
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Posted by Dusty - Feb 20, 2015, 6:20 PM
This video demonstrates the sound of the Dusty Strings P30 Pedal Harp Pickup in a Lyon and Healy. Video and demonstration by Katie Buckley, principal harpist in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Thumbnail for When does wood choice in harps matter?
Posted by Dusty - Jan 19, 2015, 6:40 PM
So you’re reaching the end of your quest for the perfect harp. You’ve considered the number of strings you want, the size of the harp, pedals vs. levers and so on, and you’ve finally found the right model for you. But one last decision remains: which wood will you choose? Perhaps your eyes prefer a certain color, but is there anything to consider besides visual appeal? The answer is yes… sometimes.