The Dusty Blog

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Posted by Dusty - Apr 17, 2020, 12:43 PM
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, 4:45 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, 3:25 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, 5:24 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, 2:33 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.
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Posted by Dusty - May 16, 2019, 5:27 PM
40 years in business means a lot of music, a lot of friendships, and a lot of memories, and we're excited to share some stories from the people who have made Dusty Strings what it is today.
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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 - Sep 5, 2017, 2:56 PM
After her organization received funding for a harp that will live at a local hospital for a rotating crew of therapeutic harpists to play, Nancy Hartwig wrote us to say how much she loves her Ravenna 34 and to fill us in on some of the wonderful things that are happening in the Northern California CMP community.
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Posted by Dusty - Jul 17, 2017, 1:06 PM
Join us this summer for Folk Harp Boot Camp with Harper Tasche and a free introduction to the hammered dulcimer with Dusty Strings co-founder Ray Mooers.