Hammered Dulcimer Instruments

TK O'Brien's hammered  dulcimers come in 3 sizes.  We have  the 9/8 Backpacker,  the 13/12, and the 16/15 models. The higher number refers to the number of pairs of strings passing over the treble (center) bridge. The lower number refers to the number of string pairs passing over the bass (right) bridge.

5 ply Baltic Birch is used for the top and back. This wood is structurally stable and withstands changes in temperature and humidity better than solid wood. Scalloped internal bracing allows soundboard greater vibrating capacity.

Bridges are crafted of Walnut and capped with black and white delrin. The white pieces act as bridge markers for easy viewing of where scales begin. Chrome zither pins and hitch pins are made in the US. Multiple steel string diameters are used for optimum pitch. Pin blocks are built from hard maple. Hard maple is ideally suited for a pin blocks for its strength and stability.

All dulcimers come packaged with a heavy duty padded nylon carrying case, set of hammers, tuning wrench, beginner's book, dowel peg to use as a playing stand on a table, and “cheater strips” to place under the strings to learn the string courses by the note equivalent letter names.

For information about hammered dulcimers, see our Hammered Dulcimer F.A.Q page.

Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer
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9/8 Hammered Dulcimer (Backpacker Model)

The Backpacker 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 ...See more

9/8 Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer (HDBP)

12/11 hammered dulcimer package
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13/12 Hammered Dulcimer

TK O’Brien’s 13/12 Hammered Dulcimer is a very attractive and great sounding dulcimer ideal for the beginner or casual player. It’s available in a natural birch or black top...See more

13/12 Hammered Dulcimer

Birch Package $369.00 (HD60S)

Black Package $379.00 (HD60SB)

Birch Instrument Only $289.00 (HD60SX)

Black Top Instrument Only $299.00 (HD60SBX)

15/14 hammered dulcimer package contents
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16/15 Hammered Dulcimer

TK O’Brien’s 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer is great for the beginner wanting a larger instrument than the 9/8 or 13/12 but who is on a budget.    The 16/15 3 octave dulcimer has 16 co...See more

16/15 Hammered Dulcimer (Graduate) (HD70)
$550.00 Birch Ships in 1 to 2 weeks
$585.00 Black top Ships in 2 to 3 weeks

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