FH36 by Dusty Strings

The FH36 has what we feel is the ideal range for a full-size lever harp: five octaves, starting and ending on C. It surrounds the player with a round, full-bodied, and well articulated sound, and its generous depth, power, and responsiveness make playing seem effortless. An impressive piece of fine woodworking and a satisfying investment for any harp enthusiast.

The FH36 is available in two models - the FH36S "stave-back" model, and the FH36H "hybrid stave-back" model. The sides and back of the fully-staved soundbox consist of five facets of book-matched wood. This design puts a flat facet, rather than a corner, against the player’s shoulder, which some find more comfortable and which makes it easier to reach the lower strings. This soundbox shape gives an overall rounder sound, with a slightly fuller bass voice. The hybrid-stave model achieves a similar effect with a single facet at somewhat less cost.

The FH36 comes with a deluxe, thickly padded, form-fitting CH36 case made with 1/2-inch thick foam sandwiched between a soft inner lining and a tough outer covering of waterproofed cordura. Case includes zipper access, large accessory pocket, long-lasting leather trim and handles, extra grips for easy handling, and detachable shoulder strap.

The FH36 at a glance:

  • Max height w/o legs: 54 inches
  • Max soundboard width: 14 inches
  • Weight: (walnut, sapele) approx. 26 lbs.
  • Weight: (maple) approx. 27 lbs.
  • Weight: (bubinga) approx. 30 lbs.
  • Weight: (koa) approx. 28 lbs.
  • Number of Strings: 36 (5 Octaves)
  • Low: C2 (2 octaves below Middle C)
  • High: C7 (3 octaves above Middle C)
  • Levers: Fully levered
  • Sapele harp -- Neck, pillar, sides & back: sapele
  • Walnut harp -- Neck, pillar, sides & back: American black walnut
  • Maple harp -- Neck, pillar, sides & back: eastern maple
  • Bubinga harp -- Neck, pillar, sides, & back: bubinga
  • Koa harp -- Neck, pillar, sides, & back: Koa

Picture of Maple FH36 Celtic Harp
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Picture of Walnut FH36 Celtic Harp
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Picture of Bubinga FH36 Celtic Harp
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Picture of Bubinga FH36 Celtic Harp
Dusty Strings FH36
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Dusty Strings FH36S
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See the FH36 up close in our on-line video

Dusty Strings has provided some nice videos of the different FH36 wood types. These videos are each about a minute long and feature a CD-quality soundtrack. The Medium resolution movies will play over most hi-speed internet connections (DSL or faster). The Full resolution movies will require a 1mbps or better cable modem internet connection. Thanks to Harper Tasche for playing these soundtracks.
  FH36S Sapele:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36S Walnut:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36S Maple:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36S Bubinga:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36S Koa:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36H Sapele:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
  FH36H Walnut:     Medium Resolution Movie     Full Resolution Movie
To watch the movie you will need the QuickTime player. A QuickTime player for is available for all computers directly from Apple at their QuickTime Download Site.

Finding the right FH36 for you

From here:
  • You can learn about our Rental Program for this instrument
  • You can see New and Used FH36s we have in our store today
  • You can see New FH36s we will be receiving shortly
  • You can order a Custom FH36

1. Purchasing an FH36 we have in stock

As of 8:30 this morning, we had the following FH36s in stock. Click "Add to Basket" to add one of these harps to your on-line shopping cart. You will then be able to go to our on-line accessory store where you can purchase additional items like a bench, tuner, harp cart or sheet music. We usually ship FH36 harps using a trucking company.. We will contact you with a specific shipping estimate before we ship your harp.

If you would like to try one of these harps in person, please contact us by telephone or email to let us know you are coming so we can reserve a time slot for you in our harp showroom.

FH36S Package Maple (Photo) $6,195.00  
FH36S Package Bubinga (Photo) $6,495.00  
FH36S Package Cherry (Photo) $6,495.00  

2. Reserving a new FH36 we have on order

If one of our in-stock FH36s does not meet your needs, you may reserve one of the new FH36s we currently have on order with Dusty Strings. A 10% deposit will hold the harp for you. We will contact you when your harp is ready at the factory; the balance will be due when the harp is shipped.
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3. Ordering a custom FH36

You also may order a custom FH36 in any hardwood, or with Dusty's factory-installed pickup system. A 20% deposit is required on all special orders. We will contact you when your harp is ready; the balance will be due when your harp is shipped. Your deposit will not be refundable once the factory has begun working on your harp. Please call us about other options not listed, including black lacquer finish, pillar inlays, soundboard veneer or soundboard trim.
Dusty Strings FH36 Package with Full Levers and Case, base price $5,295.00

  Click Here to see a close-up of the optional abalone T-brace inlay

4. Accessories

Your FH36 is shipped with a Dusty Strings tuning key and deluxe padded case. If you are just starting the harp, you may also want to purchase a tuner, a bench, or other harp accessory:
  • Browse Harp Benches and Stools
  • Browse Music Stands
  • Browse Electronic Tuning Aids
  • Browse Harp Strings
  • Browse Harp Sheet Music

*Price depends upon finish and options. Returns: We want you to be completely satisfied with your instrument, no questions asked. The Harp Connection offers a 30-day return policy on harps purchased from our store (except special orders). To be eligible for return, the harp must be in the same condition as when we shipped it to you and it must be returned with all accessories such as tuning keys and books. In the event of a return, you will be responsible for return freight to our Rowley, Massachusetts location. Custom-ordered harps may not be returnable, depending on the requirements of the factory; call us with specific questions about special order returns. We update our web site daily, however all harps are subject to prior sale. Dusty Strings FH36 Harp information page.