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. 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, a tuning wrench and the most commonly-used sharping levers. Each person can then add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.
The Ravenna 34 features nearly five octaves of the characteristic Dusty Strings sound - a warm, strong bass balanced by a bright, clear treble. It has a comfortable staveback design and even string tension, allowing for precision playing. To keep the carrying size of the harp relatively compact and portable, the stand (if you choose to include one) is completely removable and comes apart to fit in one of the case pockets.
Additional sharping levers can be ordered with the harp or added later as budget allows. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on, but it does require time and detailed work, so we recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate. More levers means a wider range of available playing keys, and anyone who gets seriously into playing the harp will eventually want a full set of levers.
Most people find that raising the Ravenna 34 about 5 inches off the floor is a comfortable height for playing, and you can choose either a drop-down leg or a stand to achieve this. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob, adjusts to any height, and retracts back into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises the harp about 5 inches (8-inch and 12-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 small box or step-stool while playing.
The CD34 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. It has thick foam padding and a water-resistant exterior, with a comfortable shoulder strap and numerous pockets for a stand, legs, music and other accessories. Backpack straps are also available.
Price includes a T-handle tuning wrench.
Note: Starting in late 2021, Ravenna soundboxes now have a smoother, more uniform texture on the sides and back, rather than the ash-grained texture you may have seen on older Ravennas. The previous ash-grained laminate material is no longer available to us. If you are used to seeing the textured version, please refer to the comparison photo on this page to visualize the difference.
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.
Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of the particular tree from which the harp was made.