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).
Tall, Dark, and Handsome Crescendo 34
One of the beautiful things about building instruments out of solid wood is that each piece of wood has its own unique look and character. We love seeing the natural features that show up during instrument-building due to anomalies in the way a particular tree grew. Of course, if we came across anything that we suspected could develop into a structural flaw, that particular part would become a very high quality piece of firewood. But rather than throwing out a lot of gorgeous wood in the search for only visually clear and unmarked pieces, we instead see these fun and interesting grain patterns as a beautiful reminder of our connection to the natural world.
However, we occasionally come across beauty marks that we worry no one but a mother could love! These can reveal themselves at any point during the building process, and then we have to decide how to proceed. We hate to waste precious resources by throwing parts away, so when it's a purely visual flaw that will otherwise sound and perform beautifully, we start to think creatively.
On this Crescendo, we used an oxidizing agent called potassium dichromate to deepen the color of the wood so that some darker patches would blend in, and then finished it with our standard clear lacquer. It was a bit of an experiment, but we ended up loving the rich, dark, reddish-brown.
This harp has 34 strings and includes a full set of Loveland sharping levers and a removable stand. More details about the standard Crescendo 34 model can be found here, and you're welcome to contact us if you have questions about or are interested in this particular harp.