PLEASE READ - our COVID-19 status

To our Dusty Strings community,

After ten weeks of working as best we could from home, we are relieved to be back in our workshop and office now! We have really appreciated everyone's patience so far, and we hope you'll continue to be patient with us as we resume our "normal" operations with a very limited capacity and an irregular schedule. 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, and we're grateful for your understanding if it takes us longer than usual to get back to you!

String & Accessory Orders

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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!

FH36H

Overview

  • 36 strings, 5 octaves
  • Solid wood construction in choice of 5 woods
  • Comfortable hybrid staveback design
  • Full set of Loveland sharping levers
  • Deluxe case included

The FH36H has what we feel is the ideal range for a full-size lever harp: five octaves, starting and ending on C. The solid wood construction brings an impressive amount of depth, power and articulation to our characteristic bright and clear sound.

The FH36H has a rectangular soundbox, as opposed to the FH36S. While preserving the superb tone of its popular predecessor, the FH36B, we have increased the playing comfort with facets on the upper corners of the back. This "hybrid staveback" design provides the ergonomic benefits of the FH36S, but at a portion of the cost. The rectangular soundbox shape produces a very balanced, well-defined sound with great projection.

The FH36H includes a full set of Loveland sharping levers (Camac levers are available), a custom tuning wrench and a high quality case. This harp will delight both the professional and the player new to harping who is ready to make an investment in fine craftsmanship, musical potential and sheer enjoyment for years to come.

Sapele: $5395

Maple: $5595

Walnut: $5695

Figured cherry or bubinga: $5895

Includes deluxe CH36 case and custom 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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Options

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Abalone Celtic knot on the pillar

Price: $675

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Abalone inlay around the soundboard

Price: $1000

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Camac levers

Price: $225

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Bird's-eye maple soundboard veneer

Price: $225

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Koa soundboard veneer (maple harps only)

Price: $225

gut strings

Gut strings

Price: $270

The Dusty Harp Pickup installed

Price: $395

Specifications

Range

  • 36 strings
  • 5 octaves
  • Low: C two octaves below middle C
  • High: C three octaves above middle C

String composition

  • Treble and upper mid-range: nylon monofilament
  • Lower mid-range: nylon core with nylon wrap
  • Bass: phosphor bronze core with nylon wrap

Lever options

  • Full set of Loveland levers included
  • Camac levers available

Woods

  • Sides, back, neck and pillar: sapele, walnut, maple, figured cherry or bubinga
  • Soundboard: solid mahogany in the mid and upper ranges and spruce in the bass, overlaid with book-matched figured hardwood veneer and bordered with purfling and edge binding

Weight

  • Sapele: approximately 27 pounds
  • Walnut: approximately 26 pounds
  • Maple: approximately 30 pounds
  • Figured cherry: approximately 27 pounds
  • Bubinga: approximately 32 pounds
  • Case adds 9½ 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: 51 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 54 inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 14 inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 29 inches
Line drawing showing approximate dimensions of FH36H harp

Reviews

Reviews & Testimonials

1 Review(s)

  • Cherie
    Apr 5, 2018
    I have an older Walnut FH32. I saw it in a music store - used - an bought it on impulse. I even ran across the street and hocked my wedding ring to come up with the down payment! I LOVE the warm, mature, resonant tone of my Dusty Strings folk harp! Even though I play pedal harp, too, and have a Camac Big Blue Electro-Acoustic and a Lyon and Healy Chicago Petite, I chose the Dusty Strings as the instrument for my first CD, "The Mermaid's Harp." It's so sonorous and steady and allows for dynamic changes with no loss of tonal integrity. I've played the harp since 1978 and have owned and played on a lot of harp in a lot of places. It's amazing how a superior instrument helps you have a superior sound. I put a microphone jack in my Dusty Strings Harp, who is named Liam, because I bought it while at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and with an acoustic AER amplifier the sound carries beautifully in any setting.

About the FH36B, predecessor to the FH36H:

"When I started playing the harp six years ago I was looking for an instrument which was satisfying in sound and optic as well. Its sound is so special, clear as crystal without being hard, even the softest played notes reach the ear of the audience in the last row, and the bass notes are humming deep in the stomach. I gave her the name “Modwyn” which means as much as “Heart’s delight” because the sound is so inspiring to improvise with sound patterns that it pleases my and my audience’s heart every time I play on this heavenly instrument. Its design does the rest, only having this harp in the center of a stage or chancel makes people let out a gasp of delight. Thanks for building it!"

-Stefanie Bieber (Frankfurt, Germany)

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