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26-string harp with black body and neck and light-colored birch soundboard.
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Ravenna 26

Overview

  • 26 strings, 3½ octaves
  • Laminated birch soundbox
  • Solid ash neck and pillar
  • Comfortable staveback design
  • Options for full Loveland sharping levers, partial levers, or no levers

Note: Due to an unexpected wood supply issue, Ravenna harps are currently unavailable with the natural neck and pillar, but we hope that option will be coming back in Spring of 2023.

Playing the harp is much easier and more enjoyable when you have an instrument that sounds good and functions well, and this is the driving concept behind the Ravenna models. To provide the best performance, the Ravenna is made with the same high-quality hardware and materials as our more expensive models. So, in order to meet our goal of affordability for the most budget-conscious harpists, we came up with an innovative construction technique that reduces the time we put into building them. We also priced separately all the accessories and options that are useful but not immediately essential, which is why the base price includes just the instrument and a tuning wrench. Each person can add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.

Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable. It has a remarkably full and bright sound for its size, and features our characteristic tuning stability and even string tension. The staveback soundbox provides an extra level of playing comfort.

Other accessories can be ordered with the harp or added later, as budget allows. A common addition is a partial or full set of sharping levers, which opens up the range of available playing keys. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on. It does require time and detailed work, so we usually recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate.

Unless the harp is being played by a small child, you will probably want a drop-down leg or a stand to raise it up to a comfortable height. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob, can be adjusted to any height, and retracts back into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises it about 12 inches (8-inch and 5-inch legs are also available) and holds it steady on four legs. If neither option fits in the budget, you can set it up on a step-stool while playing.

The CE26 or CD26 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. The CE26 does a good job of giving basic protection to the harp. The CD26 is thicker and has more pockets, including separate, protective compartments to hold the stand base and legs. Both have optional backpack straps.

Price includes T-handle tuning wrench.

No levers, black
:
$
1065.00
No levers, natural/black (coming soon)
:
$
1115.00
No levers, green or burgundy
:
$
1230.00
C & F levers, black
:
$
1265.00
C & F levers, natural/black (coming soon)
:
$
1315.00
C & F levers, green or burgundy
:
$
1430.00
Full levers, black
:
$
1595.00
Full levers, natural/black (coming soon)
:
$
1645.00
Full levers, green or burgundy
:
$
1760.00

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

  • 26 strings
  • 3½ octaves
  • Low: C one octave below middle C
  • High: G 2½ octaves above middle C

String composition

  • Treble and mid-range: nylon monofilament
  • Bass: nylon core with nylon wrap

Lever options

  • Full set of Loveland or Camac levers
  • Loveland levers on C & F
  • No levers
  • Custom configurations of Loveland levers

Woods

  • Soundboard: laminated Finland birch with a clear finish
  • Neck and pillar: solid ash
  • Soundbox: laminated Finland birch with ash-grained vinyl veneer

Weight

  • Harp: approximately 14 pounds
  • Stand adds 3 pounds

Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of the particular tree from which the harp was made.

Approximate Dimensions

  • Height at back of harp: 35 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 39 inches
  • Stand adds 5, 8, or 11½ inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 11 inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 21 inches
diagram of harp measurements
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Diagram showing relative string tension between harp models
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