The Hammered Dulcimer has beguiled me since restoring an old instrument made in 1886 by a local player, I now offer my own range of models to suit all needs. My Handmade Hammered Dulcimers are only made from selected quarter sawn tonewoods.
All my dulcimers are jig built to form a very distinctive backward bend to compensate for string tension, this results in a very stable soundbox. This process does involve more time in construction but keeps the weight down of the instrument without the need for extra bracing. If the soundbox is built flat it will result in bending over time with string tension, ending up with an unstable instrument. A common fault even with new Dulcimers.
Soundboards are of selected quarter sawn Sitka Spruce or Mahogany to give superior tone & projection, while unwanted resonance is controlled by careful design of the internal strutting. Many of my instruments are made with very old period timbers, when available.
The bridges are made of a one piece construction in Maple or Beech for better sound transmission to the soundbox & capped with delrin to stop the strings sticking. End bridges are quarter sawn Maple or Beech with a polished brass rod capping.
The backs are polished to the same high standard as the sides & soundboard. To protect the instrument when laid down there are three turned boxwood feet ( not rubber) set into the back.
This is a 24 course with a 12/12 bridge set up. The lowest bass string can be tuned to either D, E or F#, then G up to high D in the treble. Mahogany or Spruce soundboard with decorated bandings of your own choice. Polished natural.
All models can be made with Amercian Walnut back & sides if desired.
center>Spares, Customisation and extras
I am always looking for ways to improve the instruments and I have developed a number of improvements and add-ons to enhance the dulcimer
If you require a system custom fitted to your own Dulcimer there will be an additional making & fitting charge which I will not be able to quote until I know the size & make of your instrument. I will need the Dulcimer for approx a month to five weeks in order to custom make & fit the complete system. Damper bar systems available for all models.
The two sound holes have a lathe turned ring made from the same timber as the back & sides. I now offer a Celtic Knot designed soundhole cover
£90-00 per pair.
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