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Lightweight 34-string harp in walnut with a staveback soundbox and curly maple soundboard veneer
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FH34S

Overview

  • 34 Strings, 4¾ octaves, low C to high A
  • Solid wood construction in choice of 5 woods
  • Comfortable and compact staveback design
  • Full set of Loveland levers included (Camac levers optional)
  • Removable stand with 5-inch legs included (8-inch optional)
  • Deluxe case included

The staveback FH34S is our lightest-weight 34-string harp. Its sleek, petite shape, weight-saving details, and removable stand make it easy to transport. The 34 strings give it a satisfying playing range, and the solid wood construction produces the sophisticated sparkle that is characteristic of the Dusty FH line. It's a highly flexible and fun-to-play instrument that will shine on stage, in your living room, at the therapy bedside, or in a pub session.

The sound is sweet, warm, and beautifully balanced, with a full bass and clear, singing treble. It has the classic Dusty resonance and brightness with some more distinction between the notes and a slightly more focused sound than its larger siblings. The mid and treble strings are one gauge lighter than our other FH harps - just enough that your fingers will dance over them with ease, but you can still dig in without distortion.

The soundbox is a full, faceted, arched staveback shape, and the top of the soundboard is a comfortably narrow 4 inches. The harp nestles cozily into your shoulder, and you'll reach the lowest strings with ease. Options for different legs mean you can tailor the height to your particular preference. We are currently working on a standing-height stand, and will post more details as we have them.

The lightest weight combination of options is walnut wood with Loveland levers, weighing in at an average 17½ pounds, plus or minus a pound or so. The density of solid wood can vary from tree to tree, so the exact weight of any particular harp isn't something we can predict in advance. Camac levers are three quarters of a pound heavier than Lovelands, and choosing a different wood species will add up to a few pounds more. (We'll post weights for other wood species as soon as we have some more harps to weigh!)

Includes full set of Loveland levers (Camac optional), CD34 case, removable stand & legs, and custom tuning wrench.

Sapele
:
$
5995.00
Maple
:
$
6195.00
Walnut
:
$
6295.00
Figured cherry
:
$
6495.00
Bubinga
:
$
6595.00

The price(s) shown apply to harps that are available to ship in the current calendar year. For information on wait times and to find out if there's a Dusty Strings dealer near you, please send us a message using the button below.

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Please note that your harp will not look exactly like the photos you see here. Because wood is a natural material, and the color and grain vary from tree to tree, each harp we build is unique.

We make an effort to keep the photos up to date as far as general design goes, but videos could show slightly older versions.

Specifications

Range

  • 34 strings
  • 4¾ octaves
  • Low: C two octaves below middle C
  • High: A 2¾ octaves above middle C

String composition

  • Treble and upper mid-range: nylon monofilament
  • Lower mid-range: nylon core with nylon wrap
  • Bass: steel core with metal wrap

Lever options

  • Full set of Loveland levers included
  • Camac levers available

Woods

  • Sides, back, neck and pillar: sapele, walnut, maple, figured cherry or bubinga
  • Soundboard: solid mahogany in the mid and upper ranges and spruce in the bass, overlaid with book-matched figured hardwood veneer and bordered with purfling and edge binding

Weight

  • Sapele:
  • Walnut: approximately 17½ pounds
  • Maple: approximately 22 pounds
  • Figured cherry: approximately 19 pounds
  • Bubinga: approximately 24 pounds
  • Stand adds 2-3 pounds
  • Case adds 7 pounds
  • Camac lever option adds ¾ pounds

Note: the overall weight can vary by a pound up or down, depending on the density of the particular tree from which the harp was made.

Approximate Dimensions

  • Height at back of harp: 44 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 48¾ inches
  • Stand adds 6 inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 13 inches
  • Minimum soundbox width: 4 inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 27 inches

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