D10

D10

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Overview

  • 2½ octaves
  • solid sapele soundboard and back
  • traditional 5th-interval tuning
  • 12/11 configuration

The solid sapele soundboard and back give this 2½ octave dulcimer a rich, full sound. Characteristic of all solid-wood instruments, the tone of the D10 continues to develop in clarity and depth the more it is played. The same compact size as the Prelude and Apprentice, the D10 is the model for those who want the aesthetic and rich tonal quality of solid wood.

Case and legs or stand are available separately.

D10: $775 (includes gooseneck tuning wrench, double-sided oval hammers, note guide strips and owner's guidebook)

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Options

Sparkly abalone inlay outlining the soundboard of a hammered dulcimer

Abalone Soundboard Inlay (binding must also be ordered)

Price: $700

Hammered dulcimer with black finish on the soundboard Black Soundboard (binding must also be ordered)

Price: $100
Close-up of detailed edge binding on a hammered dulcimer

Binding and Purfling

Price: $235

Padded carrying case for hammered dulcimer

Protective carrying case

Price: $95 - $145

Dulcimer stand options include this folding wooden stand Variety of stand and leg choices

Specifications

Range

The D10, Prelude, and Apprentice have 2½ octaves of range; the lowest note is the G below middle C. There are 12 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 11 courses on the bass bridge. This configuration is often referred to as 12/11. Easily available keys are G, D, C and F, along with their relative minors. There are a variety of chromatic notes available in each key.

Tuning and Strings

String chart for Prelude, Apprentice or D10 hammered dulcimerSuperscript numbers indicate octaves (C4 is middle C). Dots indicate marked courses. All strings are plain steel with loop ends, and the wire gauges are shown in inches.

Click here for downloadable string charts and string ordering information.

Dimensions

  • Hammered dulcimer drawing with top and bottom rails labeledBottom rail: 38½ inches
  • Top rail: 20 inches
  • Height: 15 inches
  • Thickness: 3¼ inches
  • Weight: approx. 12 pounds

Woods

  • Soundboard and back: solid sapele
  • Pinblocks and rails: Eastern hard maple
  • Bridges and soundhole inserts: maple

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Testimonials

“The dulcimer arrived in plenty of time for the holiday and was in perfect condition. I bought this as a present for my wife and she was both surprised and delighted with it. It appears to be exceptionally well crafted. The selection of materials with no defects, the finish, and workmanship are all exemplary. ... It’s nice to see something so well made when the pervasive mindset behind the products of our time are driven by economics to fail and thus power a marketing treadmill. You are building heirlooms of lasting quality that will be treasured by future generations. I salute you in that endeavor and trust you enjoy deep satisfaction by knowing that your work will survive as highly regarded.”

-David Moniot (Chesapeake, Virginia)

“I have one of your amazing D10s, dated 10-19-82, number 942. She is still in wonderful shape, despite going through a hurricane. She still holds her tuning quite well, still sounds like a bell and I will never part with her. Your signatures are a bit faded inside, but she is a real trouper. As a 42-year-old Mom, it’s great for me to play for my kids now, and to have them learn to play themselves. The old girl is on her 2nd generation of players and I expect to pass her down (not as soon as my kids would like, though). I’ve never written or called your company, but I’d just like to say ‘Thank You!!’. I’ve enjoyed many hours with her.”

-Elisabeth McCarthy (Algonquin, Illinois)