- 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
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 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
EllieApr 28, 2018The first time I played the stave back FH36 I was hooked. I’ve been a pedal harpist since I was a young girl, so I found the stave model much more comfortable to play than the square back. But it was the tone and resonance that really sold me. I remember wanting a bubinga one, but at the time it was a walnut FH36 that captured my ear and my heart. My students have played that harp for years now, and several have gone on to choose the Dusty Strings harps as a result. A couple of them have loved the walnut, and others chosen bubinga. In all cases, they have been thrilled.
One of my students had taken up the harp in her retirement from a career in banking and finance and teaching business at a local college. “I amortized it out, and I think if I can play it for ten years it will pay for itself,” she said at the time. I can’t remember what criteria she used, but she did enjoy playing at local retirement and assisted living centers for modest remuneration. When she passed away, to my surprise she left me her beautiful bubinga harp, which is probably the most beautiful folk harp I have played.
And recently I acquired another bubinga when a friend who was moving overseas had to downsize, so I have one with the modified staveback now, too. Also stunning!
I heartily recommend these harps. I have loved playing and listening to the sound of my harps from the first day, and my students have had the chance from their earliest lessons to learn to make the most beautiful sound in the world on the highest quality instruments. It’s one thing to fall in love with the sound of the harp; it’s another to play a harp that is responsive, resonant, and tonally rich. Total joy.
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!
“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)