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Coming Spring 2017: New Mariachi 34 Harp!

Our newest harp model is geared towards playing Mariachi music, specifically in school programs. The Mariachi 34 combines traditional Mexican lighter-tension strings and closer spacing with the affordability and time-tested reliability of our Ravenna harp…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2017/01/coming-soon-new-mariachi-34-harp/

Stories from the Harp: Playing Harp with M.S.

If you think you can't play harp, think again. Ginny Oman tells us what it's like to play harp with secondary progressive M.S., including the challenges she's had to overcome and the joys of her hospice work with harp.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/12/stories-harp-playing-harp-ms/

Quiz: Which harp wood are you?

Are you a bold bubinga person or an understated walnut person? Did you choose the harp that matches your personality, or did opposites attract? Take this quiz to find out!
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/09/which-harp-wood-are-you/

2016 Summer Harp Festivals

Get the lowdown on which harps we'll be bringing to the 2016 summer festivals! The American Harp Society conference is in Atlanta from June 30th - July 3rd, and the Somerset Folk Harp Conference is in Parsippany, NJ from July 21st - 24th. We hope to see y…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/06/2016-summer-harp-festivals/

How to load an FH36 in its case

Our 36-string harp cases are a very tight fit when they're new, and this video will give you some tips about getting your harp into the case without tearing your hair out.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/04/how-load-fh36-its-case/

Diary of a Harp Festival

We just returned from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a harp-maker's perspective. We came home exhausted, but with hearts full of smiles and stories form the harpists we met, and hea…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/10/diary-harp-festival/

Southeastern Harp Weekend 2015 (Oct. 23-25)

The vendor hall at the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC is one of the biggest concentrations of harps, harp music and harp accessories in the country. If you're in the market for a harp or a Christmas present for a harpist in your life, you can …
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/10/southeastern-harp-weekend-2015/

New rules for flying with musical instruments

Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/09/new-rules-flying-musical-instruments/

Do I really need an extra set of harp strings?

Important information about replacing broken harp strings to help you decide if you should invest in a backup string set.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/08/do-i-really-need-extra-set-harp-strings/

Harps Going to Somerset 2015

The complete list of harps that will be at the Dusty Strings booth at the 2015 Somerset Folk Harp Festival.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/06/harps-going-somerset-2015/

Stephen Peterson's Harp Story

It's easy to get caught up in the daily business of making, selling and supporting our harps and hammered dulcimers, but every once in a while a customer tells us a story that reminds us of why we are really doing this. Time after time, we hear about the …
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/03/stephen-petersons-harp-story/

Sanitizing Harps in Therapy Settings

One hurdle that therapy harpists sometimes run into is the need to disinfect their harp. Depending on the situation, there may be specific protocols that have to be followed, and harpists are understandably worried about what this means for their instrume…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/03/sanitizing-harps-therapy-settings/

Harp Is The New Guitar (or Singing With Your Harp)

I have recently become aware of a startling piece of information, which is that you don't need to play guitar or piano to be a singer-songwriter. In fact, I'm pretty sure that harp is the new guitar. To back up this bold statement (and perhaps to inspire …
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/02/harp-new-guitar-or-singing-harp/

When does wood choice in harps matter?

So you’re reaching the end of your quest for the perfect harp. You’ve considered the number of strings you want, the size of the harp, pedals vs. levers and so on, and you’ve finally found the right model for you. But one last decision remains: which wood…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/01/when-does-wood-choice-harps-matter/

New Harp Recordings

We are excited to announce that we have some new harp recordings up on our website! You can now hear all of our FH harps in figured cherry, as well as the FH34 in maple and our new Boulevard Classic 34. It's not a quick and easy process for us to record…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/01/new-harp-recordings/

Design Your Dream Harp in Rare Figured Pommele Sapele

We have one set of parts for an FH36S staveback harp made out of rare, highly-figured pommele sapele. Here's your chance to design the harp of your dreams!
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/11/dream-harp-rare-pommele-sapele/

Photos from Southeastern Harp Weekend 2014

We just got back from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a vendor's point of view.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/10/photos-southeastern-harp-weekend-2014/

Dusty Harps at the 2014 Southeastern Harp Weekend

Here's a preview of the Dusty Strings harps you can see at the 2014 Southeastern Harp Weekend, including our new concert gut Boulevard and a special curly maple harp.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/09/dusty-harps-2014-southeastern-harp-weekend/

Dusty Harp #001: Interview with Peter Berry

We recently had Dusty Strings harp #001 in the shop for a tune-up, and we took the opportunity to ask the harp's owner, Peter Berry, a few questions.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/08/dusty-harp-001-interview-peter-berry/

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