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Hammered Dulcimers

TK O'Brien's 9/8 Backpacker Hammer Dulcimer

The is a unique sized affordable, portable and well built instrument. It's compact size, light weight and economical price make this model a great choice for both entry level players as well as experienced players. Beginners find it an easy instrument to learn and grow with since its course layout is the same as the middle section of full sized hammered dulcimers. Experienced players use the Backpacker as a take along instrument. It's great to take along on outings such as hiking, canoeing and certainly traveling. The tone is balanced and surprisingly full for such a compact instrument.

Dulcimer Specs
Built in U.S.
Length: 22 quot; bottom rail
Height: 10"
Weight: 4 1/2 pounds
Top and back: Baltic Birch ply with clear lacquer finish. Pin blocks: Hard Maple. Bridges: Walnut
Soundhole:  Celtic Knot
2 octaves from G at the bottom to G at the top on the bass course, 2 strings per course
Plays in the keys of G, C and D
3 year warranty

What's Included
Padded heavy duty nylon carrying case with shoulder strap and large pocket for accessories, pair of hardwood hammers, gooseneck tuning wrench, tuning guide, note indicator strips, and instructional/songbook TK O'Brien's Guide to Playing the Hammered Dulcimer.

 

Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer
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9/8 Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer
Item# HDBP-R

Qty: Price: $210.00

 


Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing "Dixie" on the 9/8

Backpacker Pkg

Video clip of the backpacker


TK O'Brien's 12/11 Hammered Dulcimer is a very attractive and great sounding dulcimer ideal for the beginner or casual player.  It's available in a clear lacquer Birch finish or black lacquered top The black top makes for easy string visualization under bright lighting conditions.

Dulcimer Specs
Built in U.S.
Length: 35" bottom rail
Height: 14 1/2"
Weight: 11 pounds
Top and back: Baltic Birch ply with light or black lacquer finish. Pin blocks: Hard Maple. Bridges: Walnut
 2 1/2 octaves from G at bottom to C at top on the bass, 2 strings per course
3 year warranty

What's Included
The full package includes a carrying case, book, playing strip guide, tuning wrench and hammers and dowel peg to act as a stand described below.

The tuning wrench is a gooseneck style tuning wrench. The hammers are pair of single sided hardwood hammers. The book TK O'Brien's Guide to Playing the Hammered Dulcimer (AHD-IS) is geared towards the absolute beginner. The book has basic instructions along with some familiar tunes to practice and play. Included are note guide strips to place on the dulcimer to help learn the courses. These strips help the beginner or player who doesn't read music to start hammering out simple tunes within a very short time. Another unique feature is a slot in the back of the dulcimer to fit the dowel peg to use as a brace for playing the dulcimer on a table. The protective carrying case is made of padded heavy duty nylon and has a roomy pocket for holding books and hammers.

12/11 Black Top

12/11 Hammered Dulcimer
Qty:
Top finish options:

Light birch finish
Price: $383.00 Item# HD60S

Black lacquered top
Price: $399.00 Item# HD60SB

Ships in 1 to 3 days.


  Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing "Dixie" on the 12/11

TK O'Brien's 15/14 Hammered Dulcimer is great for the beginner wanting a larger instrument than the 9/8 or 12/11 but who is on a budget. The Celtic Knot soundhole rosettes add to its attractiveness and look good on either the black lacquered top or the natural birch top option. It has a well balanced sound with average sustain.

Dulcimer Specs
Built in U.S.
Length: 41 1/2" bottom rail
Height: 17 3/4"
Weight: 17 pounds
Top and back: Baltic Birch ply with a clear or black lacquer finish
Top and bottom rails: Maple; Pin blocks: Hard Maple; Bridges: Walnut
3 octaves from D at bottom to C at top on the bass, 2 strings per course
3 year warranty

What's Included
The 15/14 hammer dulcimer package includes a carrying case, book, playing strip guide, tuning wrench, pair of hammers and dowel peg to act as a stand.

The tuning wrench is a gooseneck style tuning wrench. The hammers are set of single sided hardwood hammers. The book TK O'Brien's Guide To Playing The Hammered Dulcimer (AHD-IS) is geared towards the absolute beginner. The book has basic instructions along with some familiar tunes to practice and play. Included are note guide strips to place on the dulcimer to help learn the courses. These strips help the beginner or player who doesn't read music to start hammering out simple tunes within a very short time. Another unique feature is a slot in the back of the dulcimer to fit the dowel peg used for playing the dulcimer on a table. The protective carrying case is made of padded heavy duty nylon and has a roomy pocket for holding books and hammers.

15/14 Hammered Dulcimer

15/14 Hammered Dulcimer
Qty:
Finish:
Light birch finish
Price: $545.00 Item# HD70S
Black lacquer top
Price: $575.00Item# HD70SB

Ships in 10 to 14 days.


  Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing "Dixie" on the 15/14