|Building a Hammered Dulcimer|
|Resources on building a hammer dulcimer
Guild of American Luthiers
Instrument Makers Forum
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How to Build a Hammered Dulcimer, by Philip Mason. Features two
sets of plans, an "old-timey" rectangular shape, and the more familiar
trapezoid. Both are 12/11.
The Hammered Dulcimer, by Howie Mitchell. Not so much a
how-to-build-it book, it's more one man's journey through instrument
building by experimentation. What I liked most about this book is
Mitchell's documentation of his successful *and* unsuccessful results.
Do - It -Yourself Dulcimer Building Start to FInish
by Neal A Koch
Little Leaf Press http://www.maxminn.com/littleleaf
Building a Hammered Dulcimer:Do-It-Yourself, by Rick Fogel and
The Hammered Dulcimer Book
They have a free piece of software located in their library which will help you determine string tensions and gauges.
There's a new dulcimer book for a 15/14 instrument complete with blueprints
Suppliers of Strings and Hardware for Hammered Dulcimers.
Click here for small quantities of individual strings in all gauges and types including steel, phosphor bronze, extra long wound strings, acetal rod, tuning and hitch pins. I also offer a whole range of instructional materials and accessories.
James Jones Instruments
For more quantity of wire and wound strings:
Mapes Piano String Corp., Elizabethton, TN, 615-543-3195
Paramount Wire Co.
Pins and wire:
Schaff Piano Supply (wholesale only)