I am about to purchase a Dusty Strings harp. I’m trying to decide between a new Crescendo 34 (which is made only from Sapele wood) or a 6 year old 36S made in bubinga wood. It is in pristine condition. I have not played either harp. I am a beginner harpist but have 3 degrees in music, including two in organ performance.
The recordings at DS website sound similar. Can someone comment who has played both? I know that the Crescendo has a birch plywood soundboard which is supposed to be excellent in all conditions. The bubinga has aged 6 years and supposedly, the solid wood soundboards (mahogany & spruce) keep getting better with age.
The 36S is a very good price. If I get the Crescendo, am I passing by the “Steinway” of harps for a “Yamaha?” smile….