- 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: $1945 Includes a T-handle tuning wrench
Ravenna 34 with full levers: $2295 Includes a T-handle 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.
- 34 strings
- 4¾ octaves
- Low: C two octaves below middle C
- High: A 2¾ octaves above middle C
- Treble and upper mid-range: nylon monofilament
- Lower mid-range: nylon core with nylon wrap
- Bass: steel core with metal wrap
- Full set of Loveland levers
- Loveland levers on C, F & B
- Custom configurations of Loveland levers
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Reviews & Testimonials
K.Jun 1, 2020No 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.
SarahApr 24, 2020I got my Ravenna 34 nearly two months ago and I love it more all the time. It took about three weeks to settle in and now it holds its tuning quite well, needing only slight adjustments maybe once a day. It sounds so lovely and is easy to play.
I live where there are no harp shops and not many harpists, so to have ordered this instrument sight-unseen and end up so happy with it is a BIG deal. Thank you for making such a beautiful, affordable instrument!
Potential buyers should know that the sample recordings are true to character, but of course it sounds even better in person. I love how the bass is full and rich but not muddy. Even the highest notes are clear and sweet. Be aware that this is a VERY resonant instrument; even after dampening the strings the sound will still ring through the soundboard! My one "disappointment," if you can call it that, is because of this characteristic, this harp is not well suited to percussive techniques (i.e. drumming the soundboard).
As a fairly new harpist, I also appreciate how comfortable it is to play. I learned on a lap harp with very high string tension, and am enjoying the flexibility of the Ravenna. I can play expressively without wearing myself out or my fingers getting sore. The bass strings are spaced just slightly farther apart than the treble ones are, making them easier to play cleanly. Actually, I think Dusty might do well to highlight this feature. I loved the idea of having concert spacing or something approaching it, and had decided to be okay with NOT having that in this harp. To find graduated string spacing after all was a very pleasant surprise!
I splurged on Camac levers and am SO glad I did. I don't yet know if I'll be able to do my own regulation with these the way I could with the Loveland ones on my other harp, but I absolutely LOVE the ease of operation with the Camacs.
I hope these comments help future buyers. I really can't imagine having a better instrument for this price!
RobertMar 18, 2020To everybody at Dusty Strings,
I recently purchased a ravenna 34 harp and it's fantastic!
I have developed a way to tune a harp to perfect pitch on each and every string.
I noticed when i was tuning my harp that i was getting a lot of fluxuation from my tuner i noticed that as i was tuning each string the rest of the strings were producing sound from the vibration from the soundboard so i went and got a peace of foam rubber and cut it into small peaces and put them in between the strings of my harp to stop the other strings from vibrating, so the only string that's vribrating is the string i am tuning.
I use 2 tuners a snark and a KORG TM-60 combo tuner and both tuners read 440 exactly! to test this pluck middle C
on a harp and stop it with your finger and you will find that the lower bass strings are producing sound from the vibration of the soundboard. it's time consuming but it works. May God bless you all and keep you healthy.
thank you Robert Bussiere
PS. I can't tuna fish but I can sure tune a harp.
"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)