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Ravenna 26 by Dusty Strings

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The Ravenna 26 is a lever harp manufactured by American harp maker Dusty Strings. Not just for beginners, the Ravenna 26 is a great harp for anyone who needs something small and portable.

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Product Design & Accessories Edit

According to Dusty Strings' website:

  • 26 strings, 3½ octaves
  • Solid ash neck, pillar, base & capital
  • Laminated Finland birch soundboard, sides & back

"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 our more expensive models.  So, in order to meet our goal of affordability for the most budget-conscious harpists, we came up with an innovative construction technique that reduces the time we put into building them. We also priced separately 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 our 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 usually 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. The drop-down leg slides into playing position with the twist of a knob and adjusts to any height. It is very flexible and portable, but must be retracted into the harp when you're done playing. The removable stand raises it about 12 inches (8" and 5" legs are also available) and holds it steady on four legs. 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. The CE26 does a good job of giving basic protection to the harp. The CD26 is thicker and has more pockets, including  separate, protective compartments to hold the stand base and legs. Both have optional backpack straps."

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Watch & Listen Edit

Dusty Strings Harp Comparison by Sylvia Woods15:28

Dusty Strings Harp Comparison by Sylvia Woods

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