Welcome to the world of Dusty Strings harps! We are builders of lever harps (also commonly called folk or Celtic harps) and have been lovingly handcrafting our instruments in Seattle, WA since 1979. We invite you to browse to your heart's content, and if at any point you would prefer to talk to a person, feel free to give us a call! We won't bombard you with pushy sales tactics, and we would love to answer any questions you might have (or help you figure out what questions to ask).
FH36S in maple with a koa soundboard
Though it's grown in our own country, there's not much wood that looks more exotic than Hawaiian koa, with its rich, golden-brown color and the tightly-curled figure that catches the light in an almost iridescent way. When paired with calm, creamy maple, it makes for a subtly stunning harp.
This FH36S is our stave-back model, with a fully-faceted body that is comfortable to reach around and has a particularly graceful shape. It is made of entirely solid wood - maple for the body and neck, and spruce and mahogany for the soundboard. On top of the soundboard, we layer a gorgeous hardwood veneer for beauty and added strength, and for this harp we've chosen a special curly koa veneer instead of our standard maple veneer.
The solid wood and the stave-back shape make this model more time-consuming to build than our other harps, but the result is a big, full voice that evenly spans a five-octave range from deep and lush at the bottom to clear and sparkly at the top. The maple wood contributes a particular brightness and crispness to the tone. This harp also has the Camac lever option, and comes with a deluxe padded case.
More details about the FH36S model can be found here, and you're welcome to contact us if you have questions about or are interested in this particular harp.