- 36 strings, 5 octaves
- Solid wood construction in choice of 5 woods
- Comfortable staveback design
- Full set of Loveland sharping levers
- Deluxe case included
The FH36S has what we feel is the ideal range for a full-size lever harp: five octaves, starting and ending on C. It surrounds the player with a round, full-bodied and well articulated sound, and its generous depth, power and responsiveness make playing seem effortless. It's a beautiful piece of fine woodworking and a satisfying investment for any harp enthusiast.
The sides and back of the soundbox consist of five facets of book-matched hardwood. This staveback design puts a flat facet, rather than a corner, against the player's shoulder, which some find more comfortable and which makes it easier to reach the lower strings. This soundbox shape, as opposed to the rectangular soundbox of the FH36H, gives a subtly rounder sound with a slightly fuller bass voice.
Figured cherry or bubinga*: $6595
Includes deluxe CH36 case and custom tuning wrench.
*Due to export regulations, bubinga is currently available within the U.S. only
- 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 26 pounds
- Walnut: approximately 25 pounds
- Maple: approximately 29 pounds
- Figured cherry: approximately 26 pounds
- Bubinga: approximately 31 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
PamelaApr 7, 2018When I decided to take up the Celtic harp, I went to The Harp Connection in Salem, MA and asked the harpist there to play the same song on all of their lever harps. It took only 15 seconds - maybe less! - for me to choose my FH36S in Walnut. It is the perfect, perfect harp for both the gigs I play and the therapeutic work I do at local medical facilities. The warmth and resonance is just luscious. And the quality of the construction is top-notch. I look forward to the day when I can travel to Seattle and tell them in person!
BalfourApr 6, 2018I bought my beautiful "Cherie" FH36S harp nearly three years ago, and I love her even more now, if that is possible. When my wife and I go on a vacation, of course Cherie has to come with us! I can't be without Cherie (or my wife!) for very long! I just cannot say enough good things about this gorgeous instrument! Bravo, Dusty Strings!
FrancesApr 6, 2018I own the model pictured above. Not only is it, obviously, physically very beautiful, but the full bodied sound is what I personally want out of a harp. There is nothing "tubby" or weak about it. The sound of the harp is extremely resonant and warm and bright. There is nothing muted about this harp. It is also what I would call extremely complex. This complexity and resonance mean that it is sometimes difficult to control (at least at my intermediate level) without knowing how to damp strings, particularly in the bass. The stringing is light enough to make playing faster than on harps strung closer to a concert harp tension.
The consistency between registers where string material changes is absolutely wonderful because you do not hear any sudden change in sound quality. This is of great importance when playing melodies where one does not want to suddenly hear a note that sounds different due to being at the register changeover spot.
I would recommend this harp as the absolute top of the line with harps of similar price range. I have only heard one other harp at a similar range that I liked as much for completely different reasons.
The staff is superior - helpful, happy to answer any questions, and stand by their product. A first class company. I am happy to extol the virtues of this harp!!
“WOW!!!! OMG! I am blown away truly. I know you can imagine after playing a smaller lap harp for 6 months the shock and awe I experienced playing this gorgeous instrument! The fullness and resonance is beyond my wildest dreams. I was struck by the testimonial from the person who said they plucked a string and ran around the block and came back and it was still ringing. I even remembered their comment when I plucked the first few strings. It was truly breathtaking and the expression on my face must have been priceless!!”
–Mary Conaway (Pikesville, MD)
"There is no other harp I have ever played that has affected me as much as this one has - I want to play her all the time, even with sore fingers!"
-Balfour Knight (Balsam, NC)
"It was nice to be able to thank you in person for this beautiful harp that has given, and continues to give me so much pleasure - and my family and friends who hear it too! As I said at the [Edinburgh Harp] Festival, I do feel this harp has turned me into a musician - from someone who had played but not really taken it very seriously (I think because I just wasn't really enjoying playing a rather basic harp) - there is something about the beauty and quality of this instrument that immediately met and lifted my aspirations and commitment. I just love it, and so love playing it!"
-Anne Shivas (UK)