Ravenna 34

Overview

  • 34 strings, 4¾ octaves
  • Laminated birch soundbox
  • Comfortable staveback design
  • Options for a full or partial set of Loveland sharping levers

Playing the harp is much easier and more enjoyable when you have an instrument that sounds good and functions well, and this is the driving concept behind the Ravenna models. To provide the best performance, the Ravenna is made with the same high-quality hardware and materials as our more expensive models. In order to meet our goal of affordability for the most budget-conscious harpists, we came up with an innovative construction technique that reduces the time we put into building them. We also priced separately all the accessories and options that are useful but not immediately essential, which is why the base price includes just the instrument, a tuning wrench and the most commonly-used sharping levers. Each person can then add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.

The Ravenna 34 features nearly five octaves of the characteristic Dusty Strings sound - a warm, strong bass balanced by a bright, clear treble. It has a comfortable staveback design and even string tension, allowing for precision playing. To keep the carrying size of the harp relatively compact and portable, the stand (if you choose to include one) is completely removable and comes apart to fit in one of the case pockets.

Additional sharping levers can be ordered with the harp or added later as budget allows. All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on, but it does require time and detailed work, so we recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate. More levers means a wider range of available playing keys, and anyone who gets seriously into playing the harp will eventually want a full set of levers.

Most people find that raising the Ravenna 34 about 5 inches off the floor is a comfortable height for playing, and you can choose either a drop-down leg or a stand to achieve this. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob, adjusts to any height, and retracts back into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises the harp about 5 inches (8-inch and 12-inch legs are also available) and holds it steady on four legs. If neither option fits in the budget, you can set it up on a small box or step-stool while playing.

The CD34 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway. It has thick foam padding and a water-resistant exterior, with a comfortable shoulder strap and numerous pockets for a stand, legs, music and other accessories. Backpack straps are also available.

Ravenna 34 with C, F & B levers: $2085 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench

Ravenna 34 with full levers: $2445 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench

Note: If you are considering placing an order with us for a Ravenna 34, please be prepared for it to look slightly different than the photos here. Due to the sudden unavailability of our standard ash-grained laminate material, we will be transitioning to soundboxes that have a smoother and more uniform texture on the sides and back. Until we have the capacity to take new photos, please refer to the comparison photo on this page to visualize the difference.

The neck and pillar will continue to be made of solid ash. Because wood is a natural material, and the color and grain vary from tree to tree, each harp we build is unique, and will not look exactly like the photos.

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Options

Ravenna color options

Alternate color choices

Price: $65 - $165

Additional Sharping Levers

Additional Loveland sharping levers installed

Price: $27.50 per lever

Dusty Harp Pickup

The Dusty Harp Pickup installed

Price: $425

Ravenna drop-down leg

Drop-down leg for on-the-go playing

Price: $79

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Stand with four legs

Price: $155

gut strings

Gut strings

Price: $270

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Camac levers

Price: $225

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Padded case

Price: $330

Specifications

Range

  • 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
  • Loveland levers on C, F & B
  • Custom configurations of Loveland levers

Woods

  • Soundboard: laminated Finland birch with clear finish
  • Neck and pillar: solid ash with clear finish
  • Soundbox: laminated Finland birch with black ash-grained vinyl veneer

Weight

  • Harp: approximately 21 pounds
  • Stand adds approximately 3 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: 43 inches
  • Height at front of harp: 49 inches
  • Stand adds 5, 8, or 11½ inches
  • Maximum soundbox width: 13 inches
  • Widest part of harp (front to back): 25½ inches

 

Line drawing showing approximate dimensions of Ravenna 34 harp

Reviews

Reviews & Testimonials

10 Review(s)

  • Carol
    Sep 13, 2021
    I have been a practicing and performing musician for most of my life, but am new to the harp. I know good instruments, from many years of buying and playing them, and this harp blows me away! I'm a bass continuo player, so I love my bass strings, and these sound good (and I'm happy to get C two octaves below mid C). My plans are to play solo (I had the pick-up installed so can plug into my amps), to play with my current ensemble (early music), and in duos with my sweetie. I am going to have so much fun with this harp!! It's built so solidly. I'm loving the Finland birch wood, and the sustain is amazing. I bought this sight-unseen based on my own research and listening to the videos. Such a sweet and rich sounds from this harp. You can do anything with it! I'm so excited, and can't wait to gig with it! As a side note - every time I play it, I feel such a sense of calm and quiet focus. Magic harp! Thank you Dusty Strings, for making a great harp at a great price : )
  • kay
    Aug 6, 2020
    l have had my ravenna 43 nearly four years now. and just had to put on a new string. they are reasonably priced. and straight forward to put on.
    the sound is very beautiful. not just for a medium priced harp. but sounds better than many very expensive harps. l took a little while to get used to the long sustain. but l highly recommend this great harp.
  • K.
    Jun 1, 2020
    No question about it. Absolutely the most amazing harp on the market in its price class. Easily the quality of harps over $1,000 more in cost. Makes your room sound like a concert hall. Pronominal craftsmanship.

"I just wanted to let you all know how much I am enjoying my new Ravenna 34. I am a professional harpist, and own a pedal harp and also a 36-string lever harp. Your Ravenna is a great little harp! I find her to be the most fun and comfortable to play of all my harps, and I have already "taken her out" to play for several gigs. I love the stave back, the steel bass strings which are very resonant, and the drop-down leg when not using the nice four-leg stand. The traveling case with all its neat pockets is also a great feature of your harps. Your expert craftsmanship on the entire package of harp and case is to be commended."

-Balfour Knight (Balsam, North Carolina)

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