The Dusty Blog

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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.
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Posted by Dusty - Jun 19, 2017, 3:38 PM
Our newest harp model, the Serrana 34, is inspired by (but not limited to!) the mariachi tradition. With closer string spacing and lighter tension on a durable and affordable body, this harp is an ideal instrument for school mariachi programs or for any player looking for a harp that's responsive and easy on the hands.
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Posted by Dusty - Jun 1, 2017, 5:29 PM
There have been some developments since we introduced our mariachi-inspired harp earlier this year, and we want to keep you in the loop about what’s going on!
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Posted by Dusty - Mar 23, 2017, 2:52 PM
The scents of spring are starting to waft through our damp Seattle air, and our thoughts are turning to harp festivals! There are many wonderful harp-focused gatherings planned for this year, and we sadly cannot attend them all, so we're here to give you an update on where we'll be and when.