Medieval Dulcimer
Medieval Dulcimer and accessories
Medieval dulcimer and accessories

The hammered dulcimer was closely related to the psaltery, but continued in use much later. Dulcimers were made in various shapes, but this “trapezoid” type is one of the most common. It is based on a number of medieval and renaissance illustrations and carvings. It is triple-strung, and has a 13-note diatonic range from b to g’’.

Options include a double-strung instrument with greater range, and a central bridge, giving two rows of notes on opposite sides.

A tuning key, authentic brass hammers, and modern wooden hammers are included.

Stone Carving of an Angel playing a dulcimer
Manchester Cathedral, c.1490
Lady playing a dulcimer
From Echecs Amoureux, c. 1498
Dulcimer woodcut from Mersenne's Harmonie Universelle
Mersenne, Harmonie Universelle, 1635

Prices

Medieval Dulcimer with accessories
£600

To order or enquire, please contact me

 

Cases - Excellent cases can be ordered from specialist manufacturers such as Kingham MTM, but they're pricy. I can supply an attractive, custom-built plywood case, black with chrome fittings, for £180 when ordered with an instrument.

Delivery - the price depends on where you live. Please enquire.

I hate it when websites say "Phone for a quote", so to give you some idea - getting a baroque guitar in its case to America, including insurance, is currently about £130. Getting one to Kent is about half that.

Waiting time, from placing an order to clutching your new baby, is currently about 12 months. It's very approximate, because the schedule often contains items that are somewhat experimental, and they may take more or less time to complete than anticipated. Usually more.

Deposit - I usually ask for £150 (non-returnable unless I'm dead, insane, incapacitated or incarcerated) to secure an order and cover materials. Once that's paid, your order is entered into my Magic Book. Nothing happens for several months, then you receive an email to tell you I've started construction. A few weeks later, a big parcel arrives, and you squeal with delight.

A note on HUMIDITY - delicate wooden instruments are remarkably resilient, but they can have major problems with both high and low atmospheric humidity levels. I keep my workshop at the recommended humidity level, between 45% and 50%. Low humidity can shrink wood, resulting in cracks. High humidity can loosen glue joints, especially when it's coupled with high temperature. There's plenty of advice on the Web, but I'm compiling a brief summary of recommendations which I'll upload soon.

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