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Two large chromatic hammered dulcimers nestled with one standing upright in the back and one tilted back in the front

Hammered Dulcimers

Dusty Strings has been lovingly handcrafting hammered dulcimers in Seattle, WA since 1979. We offer a variety of models and price levels to suit everyone from beginner to professional, and we are excited to share our love of this fascinating instrument with you! You can browse our dulcimer models, read about how our instruments are made, or start with the Hammered Dulcimer Beginner's Guide if you're new to all of this. If at any point you'd prefer to talk to a person, feel free to give us a call! We don't use any pushy sales tactics, and would love to answer any questions you might have (or help you figure out what questions to ask).

Corner of a black-top hammered dulcimer with light maple bridges and red curly bubinga sides
A round hand-carved maple leaf shape in curly bubinga wood, outlined in abalone shell.
Upper corner of a hammered dulcimer showing rare figured bubinga on the rail and pinblock facing
Close-up of the damper bar on a hammered dulcimer. The bar is made of curly maple and is edged in sparkly abalone shell.
Limited edition chromatic hammered dulcimer with a black soundboard, maple accents, curly bubinga edges, and abalone surrounding the soundboard and the damper bars.

Featured Hammered Dulcimer: 45th Anniversary Edition D570 #20000

We didn't plan it this way, but our 45th anniversary happened to coincide with building our 20,000th hammered dulcimer! We're pretty proud of that, so we decide to make #20000 something really special.

One of the standout features is the rare, highly-figured bubinga, which some call "waterfall bubinga." Wood this stunning doesn't drop into your lap very often, and we're all drooling over the tight curls and the way they catch the light. We used it for the rails and pinblock facings, as well as some of the bridges and the hand-carved maple leaf in the soundhole. It's a very dense hardwood, and not at all easy to carve, but it was too gorgeous to resist. Against the black soundboard and the curly maple binding, the figured bubinga almost glows.

We dressed it up even further with iridescent multicolored abalone shell inlaid all around the edge of the soundboard, around the soundhole, and around the borders of the damper bars. This is the first time we've done abalone-inlaid damper bars, and it turned out to be a real labor of love to hand-miter all of the many corners, but we think it adds touch of sparkle that raises the bar - so to speak!

Who will become the proud owner of this unique milestone instrument in the history of the hammered dulcimer?

The D570 is a 3-3/4 octave chromatic hammered dulcimer with a deep, rich, and balanced tone and super bass bridges on the left and right.

Special features of the limited edition:

  • Black soundboard
  • Abalone soundboard inlay
  • Abalone soundhole inlay
  • Dampers with abalone inlay
  • Highly figured bubinga rails, pinblocks, and soundhole insert
  • Additional curly maple binding on the back

Price: $8450

Optional additions: C500 case, Tristander support system, pickup

While the figured bubinga lasts, we can build a 45th Anniversary Limited edition dulcimer in any of our Chromatic Series models, so let us know if you're interested in a D300 or D670 instead!

More information on the D570 model can be found here.