When Dusty Strings first began designing harps in 1984, their initial developments led to a combination of soundbox, soundboard construction and string design that gave a particularly bright, crisp and balanced sound. This sound, which serves a wide variety of playing styles well, has become a recognised characteristic of Dusty Strings harps.
The Dusty Strings Range
Introductory Range: Ravenna 26 (26 strings) and Ravenna 34 (34 strings)
Mid Range: Crescendo 34 (34 strings) and Boulevard 34
Performance Range:FH26 (26 strings); FH34 (34 strings) and FH36H and FH36S (36 strings)
Experience and Innovation
To date, Dusty Strings have built over 17,000 harps, but there is no sign of them resting on their laurels. Their company ethos is firmly rooted in continual improvement and innovation, ever striving to make their highly prized harps even more desirable.
Blending the benefits of technology with the traditional woodworking techniques and tools of the craft of luthiery, Dusty Strings creates timeless high-quality musical instruments in a modern manufacturing environment.
Special Features of Dusty Strings Harps
Radiused Neck Joint
The neck is held onto the top of the soundbox by string tension rather than bolts or screws. This way, the neck can flex under the tension introduced when the harp is strung, without compromising the strength and tightness of the joint between the neck and soundbox. The radiused joint also functions as a shock absorber, helping to dissipate the force of impact from minor bumps and falls.
Threaded Tuning Pins
Grooved with a very fine screw thread hidden inside the harp neck. When pressed into precisely sized holes, these threads create friction which securely holds the string's pitch. This also eliminates the occasional need to reset traditional tapered pins, which can work loose.
Loveland Sharping Levers
Brass with black polycarbonate coated cam handles for strength, smooth operation and virtually undiminished tone. A subtle touch of colour-coding on the C and F levers allows for easy identification and fluent lever changes. Camac Levers can also be fitted.
In order to maintain consistently high quality strings, Dusty Strings designed and built their own string winding machinery. Great effort is made to ensure an even string diameter and therefore, an even tonal progression, all the way down the range of each harp. String composition:
- Mid and upper ranges: nylon monofilament (all models)
- Lower mid range: nylon wrapped with nylon (all models)
String Spacing and Tension
- Bass strings: phosphor bronze wire wrapped with nylon (32 and 36 string models)
Comparable to concert harp spacing, even and moderate throughout.