The Dusty Blog

Posted by Christy Mooers - Feb 10, 2015, 6:30 PM
I have recently become aware of a startling piece of information, which is that you don't need to play guitar or piano to be a singer-songwriter. In fact, I'm pretty sure that harp is the new guitar. To back up this bold statement (and perhaps to inspire you to try it yourself), I present you with an assortment of videos of harpists singing and playing their original songs.
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Posted by Dusty - Feb 5, 2015, 12:00 PM
Whether you're new to the hammered dulcimer and not quite sure how to start, or you haven't played in a while and could use a dose of inspiration, or you play all the time and can think of nothing better than to hang out and jam with other dulcimer players for a weekend, the Spring Fling (Hammered Dulcimer) Rendezvous could be exactly what you need! Head to Sandy, Oregon and join dozens of Northwest dulcimer players (and a few from farther afield) for a weekend of workshops, jam sessions, family-style dinners and general dulcimeraderie.
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Posted by Dusty - Feb 2, 2015, 6:45 PM
We'd like to thank the Harp Column for featuring Dusty Strings in the most recent issue of their magazine. Ray and Sue (Dusty owners and founders) were honored to be asked for an interview and to be pictured on the front cover of such an illustrious publication!
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Posted by Dusty - Jan 26, 2015, 1:16 PM
Meet Karen Alley - multi-instrumentalist, Ph.D. student and 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion! She has very kindly taken a break from her glaciology studies in Boulder, CO to answer some questions about hammered dulcimer playing, the Winfield competition and her new solo album, Sunlit Strings, which was recorded on a Dusty Strings D650.
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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.
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Posted by Dusty - Jan 14, 2015, 4:58 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 - Dec 10, 2014, 6:47 PM
The Dulci-Tune is our newest musician's tool - an electronic tuner designed specifically for hammered dulcimer players.
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Posted by Dusty - Nov 4, 2014, 2:12 PM
We have one set of parts for an FH36S staveback harp made out of rare, highly-figured pommele sapele. Here's your chance to design the harp of your dreams!
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Posted by Dusty - Oct 29, 2014, 3:53 PM
We just got back from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a vendor's point of view.
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Posted by Dusty - Oct 8, 2014, 6:06 PM
We've told you the story of how Dusty Strings came to be, and now we're sharing a snapshot (well, a few snapshots) of the first few years and the particular place where it all began.