The word "dulcimer" is used to refer both to the hammered or hammer dulcimer and to the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer, and although the repertoire often overlaps, they are actually quite different instruments. The mountain dulcimer typically has four strings and is played by fretting the strings and plucking or strumming them, whereas the hammered dulcimer has many strings and is played by striking the strings with wooden hammers or mallets. Find out more about the hammered dulcimer here.
We make our hammered dulcimers in a variety of sizes and in both traditional and chromatic tuning schemes. Finding the combination that's right for you will have a lot to do with the styles of music you're interested in playing, as well as your learning style and the degree of portability you want. We suggest browsing the Hammered Dulcimer Finder to help narrow down the choices. As always, if you have any questions, please give us a call!
This PD40 piano dulcimer is all dressed up with fancy black lacquer and curly maple binding. All it needs now is somewhere to go...
For musicians coming from a piano background, the PD40 is a great way to get 3 ½ octaves of fully chromatic, sparkly dulcimer sound into a compact and portable instrument. The layout is similar to a keyboard, you can play in any key, and this black-top PD40 will look right at home with the ebony-finish piano in your living room. You just have to be willing to teach yourself, because you won't find many teachers or books to learn from!
String charts, prices and ordering information.
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Price lists, how to order, shipping info and our return policy.
Helpful information on some of the most frequently-asked hammered dulcimer questions.