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Posted by Dusty - Jan 19, 2015, 4:40 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.
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Posted by Dusty - Jan 14, 2015, 2:58 PM
We are excited to announce that we have some new harp recordings up on our website! You can now hear all of our FH harps in figured cherry, as well as the FH34 in maple and our new Boulevard Classic 34. It's not a quick and easy process for us to record a new harp, especially because we take extra steps to keep our recording setup as consistent as possible between sessions. So even though we've been building harps out of this gorgeous figured cherry for a few years, it has taken us until now to get the recordings done. Many of you have been waiting a long time for this, and we appreciate your patience!
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Posted by Dusty - Jul 24, 2014, 2:08 PM
Search the web for sharping lever comparisons and you’ll find a wide range of passionate opinions on what type of lever is the best. (If you’re new to the harp, sharping levers are what allow you to raise the pitch of individual strings by a half step, which means that you can play music in different keys without re-tuning the harp.) Because our current scope of experience is mainly with Loveland and Camac levers, we aren’t going to speak to the other options that are out there, and because we firmly believe that no issue has a single solution that is objectively the best for everyone, we are not going to offer an opinion on which lever is better. What we intend to do is share our observations about the differences between Camac and Loveland levers.
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Posted by Dusty - May 27, 2014, 10:11 AM
This is the final post in our harp amplification series, which covers the details of connecting everything together. If you can make it through all of them, you should have a pretty complete (if basic) picture of what you’ll need to get the sound from your harp out to the ears in the back row.
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Posted by Dusty - May 20, 2014, 10:43 AM
This is the third post in our harp amplification for beginners series. (We tried to make it the last one but it just got too long, so we split it up.) The first post talked about the differences between microphones and pickups, and the second post explained the details of the Dusty Harp Pickup. This one and the next one will get you familiar with the equipment that actually amplifies the sound that is captured by your microphone or pickup, as well as the stuff that connects it all together.
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Posted by Dusty - May 13, 2014, 2:21 PM
How do you give someone a pickup recommendation for their harp when you’ve tried just about every pickup out there and none of them have been all that satisfying? For us, the answer was to go to work developing our own. We thought there must be a way to get a more focused, even and natural sound from a harp pickup, and after much engineering and experimentation, we felt like we achieved it.
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Posted by Dusty - May 6, 2014, 10:10 AM
People ask us frequently about the best way to amplify their harp, and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone’s situation is different (needing a bit of a boost for outdoor weddings vs. competing for volume in a rock band), and the best solution depends on a number of factors. We’re not experts on live sound, but we do know a lot about harps in particular and we’ve found that for many harpists, the world of amplification is a new and daunting place full of unfamiliar terms. So we’re doing a short series of posts for harpists new to this world that will hopefully get you oriented and help you figure out in what direction to begin looking.
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Posted by Dusty - Apr 22, 2014, 4:10 PM
Is a pesky buzz keeping you from enjoying the beautiful sound of your harp? If so, do not despair, for we have created an interactive troubleshooting guide just for you!