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How to Keep Your Harp or Hammered Dulcimer Safe from Cracking in the Winter Months

You’ve probably heard at some point that bad things might happen if a wooden musical instrument gets too dry, but what does that actually mean? How dry is too dry? Is it the inside air or the outside air that matters? How do you measure it? What’s actuall…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2016/11/how-keep-your-harp-or-hammered-dulcimer-safe-cracking-winter-months/

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/

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/

Does a black soundboard make it easier to play the hammered dulcimer?

We get asked this question a lot, most often by people who are new to the hammered dulcimer. They are understandably concerned with getting the combination of options that will make it easiest to learn this new instrument, and the choice of black vs. natu…
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/04/does-black-soundboard-make-it-easier-play-hammered-dulcimer/

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/

Dusty Pedal Harp Pickup Video Demonstration

This video demonstrates the sound of the Dusty Strings P30 Pedal Harp Pickup in a Lyon and Healy. Video and demonstration by Katie Buckley, principal harpist in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2015/02/dusty-pedal-harp-pickup-video-demonstration/

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/

Plywood vs. Solid Wood Hammered Dulcimers

Most hammered dulcimer makers offer both laminated (plywood) and solid wood instruments, and it can be difficult to know how to choose, or even how important the choice is. Here are some explanations and observations about the differences between the two …
http://www.manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/2014/07/plywood-vs-solid-wood-hammered-dulcimers/