To our Dusty Strings community,

In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Washington state has mandated that all non-essential businesses close their stores and offices so that Washington residents can stay home as much as possible. During this time, we will not be in the office to answer the phone, but some of our staff will be able to work from home, and we will be as available as possible by email. We look forward to staying in touch with you, and appreciate your patience if we are slower than usual to respond to your questions!

String & Accessory Orders

We know that music may be essential for many of you to get through this period with your sanity intact, and we are doing our best to ship what we can, while adhering to the guidelines for isolation. We should be able to fill most string orders, and can ship some other small accessories, but our capacity and supply are fairly limited. You are welcome to place online orders during this time, understanding that your card will be charged, and that, depending on the items ordered, it may be several weeks or even longer before we are able to ship them. We will communicate with you if your order is delayed, and once it is safe to go back to work, the orders that were placed earliest will ship first.

Instrument Orders

If you are interested in a harp or hammered dulcimer, please contact us by email! We are not able to build or ship instruments in an isolated way, but would be happy to answer questions and offer guidance, and can put you on a waiting list to get in touch with you when we are back up and running.

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: $895 (includes gooseneck tuning wrench, double-sided oval hammers, note guide strips and owner's guidebook)

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How to Order

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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