PLEASE READ - our COVID-19 status

To our Dusty Strings community,

Following ten weeks of working as best we could from home, we have been back in the workshop now since June, and are relieved to be doing what we love, which is building instruments! We have really appreciated everyone's patience so far, and we hope you'll continue to be patient with us. Our first priority has to be the health of our employees and our community, and we are carefully following all of the safety practices recommended and required by the state of Washington. Within those limitations, we are doing the best we can to answer the phones and to respond to orders and emails as quickly as possible, and we're grateful for your understanding if it takes us longer than usual to get back to you!

String & Accessory Orders

We should be able to fill most orders for strings and accessories within a few days. At this point, we don't expect any significant delays, but we will let you know if we think it will be more than a week before your order ships.

Mail Service Disruptions

The mail service has been slower and more irregular than usual in recent months, and we are seeing huge variations in how long it takes a package to arrive, and even how long it sits at the post office before it is scanned into their tracking system. If your package is delayed on our end, we will let you know. Unfortunately, once we have handed it off to USPS, there is nothing we can do to investigate the status beyond what the tracking information shows. Packages are reliably being delivered, just not always in the normal amount of time.

If you are trying to place an order through our website for shipping outside of the US and you receive a "no shipping options available" message, that means that the United States Postal Service is not currently accepting mail for delivery to your country. We are sorry that we do not have any way to get around this, and we hope you can wait until the situation improves!

Instrument Orders

We have resumed building and shipping instruments and would love to answer questions or talk with you about placing an order! If your dream instrument is not in stock, we can make an educated guess about how long it will take us to build it, but please allow some extra time for surprises. We are still adjusting to our limited capacity and safety restrictions.

We sincerely appreciate your support during these uncertain times. It is hard to be a small business in the best of times, and this is a challenge on a scale we haven't faced in our 40 years, so we want you to know that both your continuing interest and your words of encouragement mean a lot to us!

D10

D10

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Overview

NOTE: As of January 2021, the D10 has been discontinued. We recommend considering the D45 or Overture as alternatives!

  • 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.

***Discontinued

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Options

Sparkly abalone inlay outlining the soundboard of a hammered dulcimer

Abalone Soundboard Inlay (binding must also be ordered)

Price: $800

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

Price: $130
Close-up of detailed edge binding on a hammered dulcimer

Binding and Purfling

Price: $275

Padded carrying case for hammered dulcimer

Protective carrying case

Price: $175

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

Tuning & 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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Reviews

Reviews & Testimonials

1 Review(s)

  • Tristan
    May 14, 2019
    Wonderful instrument! I'm a composer, and I recently received a 1988 model of this. I teach myself very quickly, and it sounds great. I love playing music on it. I made special hammers with felt on one side of the hammer for effect. Playing the instrument makes me feel so powerful and emotional as I play.

“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)

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