- 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.
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.
- 36 strings
- 5 octaves
- Low: C two octaves below middle C
- High: C three octaves above middle C
- Treble and upper mid-range: nylon monofilament
- Lower mid-range: nylon core with nylon wrap
- Bass: phosphor bronze core with nylon wrap
- Full set of Loveland levers included
- Camac levers available
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Reviews & Testimonials
CherieApr 5, 2018I 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)