PLEASE READ - our COVID-19 status

To our Dusty Strings community,

Following ten weeks of working as best we could from home, we have been back in the workshop now since June, and are relieved to be doing what we love, which is building instruments! We have really appreciated everyone's patience so far, and we hope you'll continue to be patient with us. Our first priority has to be the health of our employees and our community, and we are carefully following all of the safety practices recommended and required by the state of Washington. Within those limitations, we are doing the best we can to answer the phones and to respond to orders and emails as quickly as possible, and we're grateful for your understanding if it takes us longer than usual to get back to you!

String & Accessory Orders

We should be able to fill most orders for strings and accessories within a few days. At this point, we don't expect any significant delays, but we will let you know if we think it will be more than a week before your order ships.

Mail Service Disruptions

The mail service has been slower and more irregular than usual in recent months, and we are seeing huge variations in how long it takes a package to arrive, and even how long it sits at the post office before it is scanned into their tracking system. If your package is delayed on our end, we will let you know. Unfortunately, once we have handed it off to USPS, there is nothing we can do to investigate the status beyond what the tracking information shows. Packages are reliably being delivered, just not always in the normal amount of time.

If you are trying to place an order through our website for shipping outside of the US and you receive a "no shipping options available" message, that means that the United States Postal Service is not currently accepting mail for delivery to your country. We are sorry that we do not have any way to get around this, and we hope you can wait until the situation improves!

Instrument Orders

We have resumed building and shipping instruments and would love to answer questions or talk with you about placing an order! If your dream instrument is not in stock, we can make an educated guess about how long it will take us to build it, but please allow some extra time for surprises. We are still adjusting to our limited capacity and safety restrictions.

We sincerely appreciate your support during these uncertain times. It is hard to be a small business in the best of times, and this is a challenge on a scale we haven't faced in our 40 years, so we want you to know that both your continuing interest and your words of encouragement mean a lot to us!

Crescendo 34


  • 34 strings, 4¾ octaves
  • Solid sapele neck, back & sides
  • Laminated Finland birch soundboard
  • Full set of Loveland sharping levers
  • Removable stand included

The Crescendo 34 is great blend of affordability, portability and depth of sound in a 4¾-octave range. With solid sapele wood neck, back and sides and a laminated birch soundboard (like the Allegro 26), the Crescendo 34 has a clear, bright sound with a deep, resonant bass.

For playing comfort, we've added facets on the upper corners of the back. This clever "hybrid staveback" design provides the ergonomic benefits of our popular 36-string staveback harp at a portion of the cost.

To keep the carrying size to a minimum while giving maximum flexibility of playing height, the Crescendo 34 includes an innovative removable stand. It has 5-inch legs and nestles into the base of the harp, attaching in seconds with the twist of a knob and without turning the harp upside down. 8-inch legs are an option for those who prefer more height. For those who like a lower height, the harp balances beautifully on the ground without the stand. The stand comes apart to fit in the case pockets.

The Crescendo 34 delivers a great combination of range, performance and value in an elegant and easy-to-manage harp.

CD34 case available separately.

Price: $3465 Includes stand with 5-inch legs and T-handle tuning wrench

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.

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Camac levers

Price: $225

The Dusty Harp Pickup installed

Price: $425

gut strings

Gut strings

Price: $270


Padded case

Price: $330



  • 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


  • Sides, back, neck and pillar: solid sapele
  • Soundboard: laminated Finland birch


  • Harp: approximately 22 pounds
  • Stand adds 2 pounds
  • Case adds 7½ 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: 44 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 48 inches
  • Stand adds 5, 7½, or 11 inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 13½ inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 27½ inches
Line drawing showing approximate dimensions of Crescendo 34 harp


Reviews & Testimonials

4 Review(s)

  • Brook
    Sep 22, 2019
    I've owned many harps over the years, and I can honestly say that Dusty Strings harps have always been at the top of their game. They sound amazing, they are built to last, and they are among the most respected in the harp world today, if not the most respected among folk harp builders. I tend to buy and sell harps pretty frequently just to "try something else out there." However, I recently purchased a Crescendo 34 that will be with me always. Even though it's a mid-range harp, it holds its own against harps by other builders that are twice the price. It has a richness and depth that can be felt as well as heard when I play. People who have heard me play it comment that "the harp becomes one with your soul when you play it." Thank you, Dusty Strings, for your commitment to quality and to being the very best. Along with the quality of your harps, your kindness and incredible customer service will always set you apart as the top of the line in the folk harp world. It is an honor to play one of your harps!
  • Stefanie
    Jul 21, 2019
    I just bought a Crescendo for our holiday home!
    I had the choice between 5 of them and they all were different, it was like being in a toy store and mom says: you may chose ONE toy
  • Susan
    May 30, 2018
    I have had a life long dream of owning my own harp. Decades ago, when I was doing graduate study in vocal performance at the Shepherd School of Music, Houston, I came across a Dusty Strings newspaper/catalogue in a practice room. I thought the handmade, wood instruments so lovely & when no one claimed the paper after a few days, I appropriated it & I've had it all these years in my music files.
    I recently came into a small inheritance & decided to use it to buy a harp. I was so excited I was practically beside myself! I knew I was buying it from Dusty Strings immediately, didn't have to think twice. However, my experience buying from them totally exceeded my expectations in every way. It has been a uniquely gratifying & rare pleasure. What a group of incredibly kind, helpful, patient, funny & professionally excellent music-loving people they are! If anyone ever asks me where to buy a harp I will say unequivocally "Dusty Strings". I just want to sit down with them & share a cuppa, they're just those kind of people.
    My "talk, dark & handsome" Crescendo was the featured harp on their website & I fell in love with it's beauty. It's as beautiful in person as the pictures represented & the sound is wonderful. I was a Spinto back in the day, so big is always appreciated here & I was blown away by the rich beauty of my harp's timbre.
    I could go one & on but the bottom line is, Dusty Strings has a customer for life.
    TriCities WA

"My Crescendo arrived ten days ago, and I am totally in love with the lush, bell-like round sound that just fills the room with joy. This is a harp that is just begging to be played - and it's mine! Sylvia Woods was right when she said the weight would be nothing compared to my pedal harp, which I have loved for over 30 years but had to limit playing due to spinal fractures. Now I can play to my heart's content."

-Lorrie Hubin (Escondido, California)

"I was one of several people lined up outside your Fremont store early Friday morning to buy a harp, and the rest of this weekend have been on my ‘harpy moon’ with my beautiful Crescendo. The tone is so rich and full, and I love the bass - it just reverberates for ever. The upper registers sound pure without seeming constricted or nasally. This harp is a joy to play, and I am so grateful to have such an excellent instrument!"

-Chloe Wilcox

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