Posted In: Harps and Accessories. Does the higher price tag of the Dusty really indicate a better sounding, longer lasting instrument? Rachael, both are exceptional instruments and I would be happy to play and own either.
I personally own 2 Blevins: an Encore 34, and Gwendolyn 29 and they are excellent. I have done business with both Dusty and Blevins, and they have been honorable in their dealings with me.
It may be a matter of playing the particular instrument and seeing which one sings to you! My Encore is going on 11 years old, and I have had zero issues with it.
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Best of luck. Thanks so much, this response was helpful! Let us know which one you pick! Just be cautious. I opted for a new Dusty because of the sound and the 5 yr warranty.
If you have can have an experienced harp tech look at the Blevins you will have a better idea of what it is worth. Login Register. February 29, 0. Rachael Rosenbaum on May 4, at pm Sherj DeSantis on May 4, at pm Rachael Rosenbaum on May 5, at am Rachael Rosenbaum on May 5, at pm Rachael Rosenbaum on May 6, at pm Donna O on May 6, at pm Gee thanks, Donna.
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Recover Password. A password will be e-mailed to you. Anti-spam detection.Posted In: Harps and Accessories. I currently play a Stoney End Briar Rose and it is a lovely harp. At 29 strings, I find myself wanting a larger harp with more strings and a bit more resonance. I do like the medium tension of the Stoney End.
Has anyone played it and how does it compare sound-wise to something like a Dusty Strings Crescendo? IMO all you can really get out of that is the harps general temper and color, it may not sound the same in your own hands. The Crescendo has same strings and soundboard as the Ravenna.
The main difference is that the Cresecendo sides and neck are sapele. That is a lovely wood with a bright tone, perhaps midway between maple and walnut.
But I think that most of the tone comes from the board, not the wood used in the box. So if at all possible try to play these yourself and see what you think. One further word about on-line recordings….
I made a bunch of small double strungs for Laurie Riley that she needed as rentals for a retreat. Natch when that was over I put those that remained up for sale and asked Laurie to make a sound sample. People who heard that recording were impressed, but I assure you that was the result of a great musician playing a decent little harp, not the other way around.
No way did it sound like that in my hands Also, I know that taste is a factor. The Dusty Strings Crescendo sounds very nice to me, but my husband cringed when he heard it compared to a Camac Isolde.
Obviously I want the harp to sound great, but looks are also a factor for me. It just looks a little too modern for my tastes.
Also, it was my first floor harp and Stoney End has an amazing pay as you go option. The Stones are really nice people and very easy to work with. Both of the harps sounded very nice from what I could tell, but the Briar Rose was more rich and mellow compared to the brighter Ravenna.
They had a similar tonal quality more mellow and less bright but hers was like Goliath to my David. Her neck and sides are Rosewood, and mine are Walnut. Hers just resonated like crazy and I assumed it was mostly do to the larger sound box. The Isolde, although a beautiful harp, is a bit out of the price range. Unfortunately I live in the middle of nowhere, and the closest place that has different harp brands I could try out is Atlanta Harp Center, 7.
There is only one other person in my town that plays harp and she has a lap harp. I also have a Christina Therapy Harp from Triplet, but I plan on selling this one to help finance the new, bigger harp.We have two sets of videos of harps by Dusty Strings so you can hear the sound of the various models. On the videos recorded by Dusty Stringsyou can hear the harps played by Harper Tasche. You will see the harp model, but not see him playing. I have also made my own series of videos where you will both see and hear me playing a variety of Dusty Strings harp models.
Dusty Strings has been designing and building musical instruments in Seattle, Washington since They have developed a strong nationwide following based on high-quality, meticulous craftsmanship, and conscientious customer service.
Their standards of finish and detailing delight even the most discriminating of woodworkers.Dusty Strings Harps Unique Soundboard Composition
Dusty Strings has 34 sizes of harps: 26, 34, and 36 strings. Click on these links to see our handy and informatiive charts to help you compare the various models within each size: string harp comparison chart string harp comparison chart string harp comparison chart.
For more information on all of the Dusty Strings harp models, click on a photo or model name above. Dusty Strings harps have an unusually bright, clear tone with ample volume for both solo and ensemble work. They respond well to all playing styles. The string tension is moderate and even throughout the range, facilitating intricate ornamentation as well as the most precise and demanding expressive techniques.
Dusty Strings installs the innovative Loveland levers on all of their harps.
Dusty Strings FH34 or Blevins Consort 34?
Tone quality is virtually unaltered with the lever engaged, and the sharping actionmaintains string alignment. Excellent soft-shell cases made of water-proofed cordura and foam, with zipper closing, large accessory pockets, carrying handles, and a detachable shoulder strap are available for all Dusty Strings models.
Back-pack straps are optional. Cases are included with the FH series of harps, and are sold separately for the Ravenna, Allegro, and Crescendo harps. Woods Dusty Strings harps are made of carefully selected hardwoods.
For long-lasting beauty and protection, each instrument is finished with multiple applications of clear lacquer. The Ravenna harps are crafted with a solid ash neck and pillar, laminated European birch soundbox with ash-grained vinyl veneer, and a laminated European birch soundboard.
The construction of the Allegro and Crescendo harps is streamlined by using a laminated birch soundboard with bound edges. The neck, back, and sides are made of solid Sapele wood. The FH Series of harps feature solid hardwood construction with top-of-the-line detailing and wood selection. Soundboards are meticulously constructed of mahogany or mahogany and spruce overlaid with maple or cherry veneer, bordered with a decorative purfling and edge-binding.
The FH harps are available in five choices of woods. Click here for larger photos of the wood options. Sapele is a beautiful African hardwood. This reddish-brown wood boasts a lustrous, wavy grain that resembles mahogany both in color and texture, with a golden sheen.
Sapele harps have a clear and warm tone, while maintaining Dusty Strings' characteristic bright sound.Welcome Sign in. Display all pictures.
For the discriminating and budget-minded beginner, traveler, teacher, or student, the string Ravenna fills many needs with its affordability, reliability, portability, and most importantly its rich and satisfying sound. More details. Reference: H. Availability: In Stock.
This product is not sold individually. You must select at least 1 quantity for this product. Add to wishlist. 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 the Dusty expensive models.
An innovative construction technique reduces the time factor in the building process, making these harp more affordable. Priced separately are all the accessories and options that are useful but not immediately essential, which is why the base price includes just the instrument and a tuning wrench. Each person can add exactly what they want or need to fit their budget.
Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable. It has a remarkably full and bright sound for its size, and features the Dusty Strings characteristic tuning stability and even string tension. The staveback soundbox provides an extra level of playing comfort. Other accessories can be ordered with the harp or added later, as budget allows. A common addition is a partial or full set of sharping levers, which opens up the range of available playing keys.
All the lever holes are pre-drilled, making it possible to add Loveland levers later on. It does require time and detailed work, so we recommend starting out with as many sharping levers as your budget can accommodate. Unless the harp is being played by a small child, you will probably want a drop-down leg or a stand to raise it up to a comfortable height.
It is very flexible and portable, but must be retracted into the harp when you're done playing. If neither option fits in the budget, you can set it up on a 12" step-stool while playing. The CE26 or CD26 case makes this harp easy to take in the car or carry on the subway.
Both have optional backpack straps.We are pleased to offer a variety of previously owned harps for sale in our shop. We appraise them and make sure they are in tip top shape to provide value for our customers.
Below is our current inventory. Click on any harp photo to learn more. Camac Ulysse Special. Below are some nice used harps we have already sold. If you are looking to purchase a new or previously owned harp or would like to rent a harp, let us know.
We have a constantly changing inventory. This is a Dusty Strings top of the line string instrument in Lyptus, a beautiful hardwood that gives a sound similar to maple, resulting in lots of volume with clear crisp articulation.
The tiger maple soundboard veneer shimmers in contrast to the darker grain of the lyptus wood on the body. With a full set of Loveland levers, an ergonomic tuning key and padded carry bag, this is a professional model harp at a substantial savings. This harp is a rare find. Built in of bubinga wood with a primo tiger maple soundboard veneer, it is fully loaded with abalone inlay around the soundboard, sides, and a celtic knot on the pillar so it shimmers from every angle.
The bubinga gives this harp effortless volume and rich tone. It has been well cared for by a single owner and is priced to sell. Includes case and tuning key. This Dusty Strings Crescendo 34 is only three years old but has been well-cared for and is in showroom condition.
It has a big well-developed sound, full set of Loveland levers, padded case, tuning key and a complete set of extra strings. Save hundreds off the price of new! The Zephyr is a 22 string lap harp, meant for travel - it even fits in the overhead compartment on an airplane. This one is 14 years old with a few small signs of wear but in very solid shape and sings like a bird.
With a walnut body and Baltic birch soundboard, it has a sweet voice that carries well. Levers on F and C provide common keys for Celtic and folk music.Range: 34 nylon strings. Click here to order strings for this harp. Click here for a printable string chart for this harp. This harp will satisfy both the professional and the beginner with its resonance and power, and will please the most discerning eye with a tasteful display of fine woodworking.
This harp is the same overall size as its well-loved string predecessor, but now goes down to the low C in the bass. For playing comfort, Dusty Strings added facets on the upper corners of the back. To keep the carrying size down, the FH34 includes an innovative stand that has removable feet and nestles into the base of the harp, attaching in seconds with the twist of a knob and without needing to turn the harp upside down.
For those who like a lower height, the harp balances beautifully on the ground without the stand. The FH34 includes a full set of Loveland sharping levers, a custom tuning wrench, and a high quality case. This harp delivers a superb combination of performance, range and portability in an elegant and easy-to-manage harp.
Click here for photos and information about the woods. Options: See the links above for explanations of the options available for this harp. Shipping and Insurance: Shipping and shipping insurance for this harp within the continental U. If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, the cost will be higher. We will send you a shipping quote before finalizing your order. Due to logistical reasons, we do not take orders for Dusty Strings harps shipped outside of the US.
Please contact Dusty Strings directly at handcrafted dustystrings. They will be happy to help you. Availability: Please contact us regarding availability and shipping time estimates, and to place your order. These harps are usually in stock, ready for immediate delivery.We are currently closed to the public, but are doing limited shipping of orders and local deliveries.
Before placing an order on our website, click here for more info. Our top-of-the-line harps, the FH models are made of all solid wood and come in a choice of five hardwoods. Email our harp specialist for information on upgrades like Camac sharping levers or custom Celtic knotwork, inlays and veneers.
This harp will satisfy both the professional and the beginner with its resonance and power, and will please the most discerning eye with a tasteful display of fine woodworking. This harp is the same overall size as its well-loved string predecessor, but now goes down to the low C in the bass. For playing comfort, we've added facets on the upper corners of the back. This "hybrid-stave" design provides the ergonomic benefits of our popular string stave back harp at a portion of the cost.
To keep the carrying size down, the FH34 includes an innovative stand that has removable feet and nestles into the base of the harp, attaching in seconds with the twist of a knob and without needing to turn the harp upside down.
See video of stand assembly. For those who like a lower height, the harp balances beautifully on the ground without the stand. This harp is an ideal combination of solid-wood performance, range and portability.
The FH34 includes the stand, a full set of Loveland sharping levers, a custom tuning wrench and a deluxe case. Log in Sign up. Cart 0 Check Out. We currently have this model in stock in Sapele wood first few photos are of the actual harp. Other woods may be special-ordered. Hammered Dulcimer Hammers. Individual Strings for Hammered Dulcimers. Ravenna 26 Harp by Dusty Strings. Hammered Dulcimer Playing Leg.
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