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, pleasecontact 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 10 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.

Anote 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%, and I strongly recommend that instruments are kept as close to that range as possible. Electronic humidity meters are available cheaply on the Internet. They're small enough to keep in your instrument's case.
Low humidity can shrink wood, resulting in cracks and distortion. Case humidifiers, again available quite cheaply, should prevent this.
The main risk with high humidity is the formation of water droplets, either from condensation or perspiration while playing. These can damage varnish and slowly dissolve glue joints. A silica gel sachet can be kept in the case, but use a humidity meter as well. Take care it doesn't reduce the case humidity too far.

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