Hammered Dulcimers

Hammered Dulcimers

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9/8 Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer

This backpacker hammered dulcimer’s compact size, light weight and economical price make this model a great choice for both entry level players as well as experienced players.

The Backpacker is a unique sized affordable, portable and well built instrument. 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. The Backpacker is great to take along on outings such as hiking, canoeing and certainly traveling.  No playing stand needed as it comes with a peg that fits in a slot on the back to support the instrument on a table or other surface, even the ground! The tone is balanced and surprisingly full for such a compact instrument. Scroll down for a soundclip.

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, dowel playing peg, and instructional/songbook TK O’Brien’s Guide to Playing the Hammered Dulcimer.

Dulcimer Specs:
Length: 22 ”  bottom rail
Height: 10″
Weight: 4 1/2 pounds
String spacing is 7/8 inch
String sizes: .010, .012, .014, .015, .018 plain steel
Top and back: Baltic Birch 5 ply with lacquer finish.
Pin blocks: Hard Maple
Bridges: Cherry
Rails: Top and bottom – Cherry, Sides – Maple
Soundhole: Cherry Celtic Knot insert
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
2 year warranty
Built in U.S.

Backpacker Dulcimer Sound Clip

9/8 Backpacker Hammered Dulcimer (HDBP)
$225.00

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13/12 Hammered Dulcimer

The 13/12 Hammered Dulcimer is ideal for the beginner or casual player. It’s available in a natural birch or black top.

Both have a lacquer finish. The black top makes for easy string visualization under bright lighting conditions. At 11 pounds it is easily toted around in its case.

What’s Included
The complete package includes a
carrying case
how to get started book
playing strip guide (cheater strip)
tuning wrench
hammers
dowel peg to use as a stand on a table (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.

Dulcimer Specs
Length: 35″ bottom rail, 16 1/2″ top rail
Height: 14 1/2″
Weight: 11 pounds
String spacing is 1 inch
String sizes: .016, .018, 0120, .022, .024 loop-ended steel
Top and back: Baltic Birch 5 ply with natural birch or black lacquer finish. Pin blocks: Hard Maple. Bridges: Cherry. Top and bottom rails: Maple or Cherry. Celtic Knot soundhole is laser cut solid wood.
2 1/2 octaves from G at bottom to D# at top on the bass, C# to G# on right treble. 2 strings per course
2 year warranty
Built in U.S.

13/12 Hammered Dulcimer Sound Clip

Birch Package $389.00 (HD60S)
Black Package $399.00 (HD60SB)

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16/15 Hammered Dulcimer

The 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 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 15 courses on the bass bridge.  There are 2 strings per course. It has a well balanced sound with average sustain.  At 18 pounds in its case the lighter weight compared to similar size instruments make it easier to carry.  This size gives you more range to play a greater variety of songs.  Soundly constructed of high quality Baltic Birch ply for the top and back, hard Maple for the pin block and solid cherry for the bridges.  The bridges are capped with contrasting pieces of black and white delrin.  White pieces are used as bridge makers for denoting where scales begin and end.

What’s Included
The 16/15 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 hammers are set of double sided hardwood hammers with wood on one side and leather on the other side. The book TK O’Brien’s Guide To Playing The Hammered Dulcimer 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 padded carrying case has a roomy pocket for holding books and hammers and a handle as well as shoulder strap.

Dulcimer Specs
Length: 41 1/2″ bottom rail
Height: 17 3/4″
Weight: 18 pounds
String Spacing is 1 inch
Top and back: Baltic Birch 5 ply with a natural or black lacquer finish
Top and bottom rails: Maple; Pin blocks: Hard Maple; Bridges: Cherry
Strings diameters used are .016, .018, .020, .022, and .024 steel
3 octaves from D at bottom to C at top on the bass, 2 strings per course
2 year warranty
Made in the US

16/15 Dulcimer Sound Clip

16/15 Hammered Dulcimer – Birch (HD70S)
$575.00 Birch

16/15 Hammered Dulcimer – Black Top(HD70SB)
$595.00 Black Top

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