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Hammered Dulcimer Finder

Whether you've fallen in love with the sound and want to start playing the dulcimer, or you've decided it's time for a new instrument, this chart can be a starting place for narrowing things down. Click on any of the words to find out more about what they signify. Clicking on the model names will bring up a photo and a short description, plus a link to more detailed information about that particular instrument. While this is a good way to begin sorting out the differences between all the models, we are always happy to give you a more personalized "guided tour" over the phone, based on the particular things you are looking for in a hammered dulcimer. You can also check out our detailed dulcimer comparison chart or our PDF guide to choosing a hammered dulcimer.

Note: The numbers next to the model names refer to the courses of strings on each bridge. For example, 12/11 means the instrument has 12 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 11 on the bass bridge. 3/16/15 indicates that in addition to the usual treble and bass bridges, there is an additional "superbass" bridge on the left-hand side with 3 courses of strings.

Traditional Tuning
Chromatic (all solid wood)

Laminated Wood
Solid Wood
5th-interval Tuning (Chromatic Series)
Piano Tuning
drawing of a small D10 hammered dulcimer being played
2 ½ octaves

Prelude & Apprentice (12/11)

D10 (12/11)

drawing of a mid-size D45 hammered dulcimer being played
3+ octaves

Overture (16/15)

D45 (16/15)

D300 (7/13/12)

PD40
drawing of a medium-large D550 hammered dulcimer being played
3 - 3 ¾ octaves


D500 (3/16/15)

D550 & D570 (8/16/15)

drawing of a large D650 hammered dulcimer being played
4 - 4 ½ octaves


D600 (6/19/18)

D650 & D670 (9/19/18)