17/16 Hammered Dulcimer KIT

17/16 Hammered Dulcimer KIT

Product Details

Difficulty Rating

Project overview

We rate this a 4-hammer project for these reasons. 1) You need a lot of clamps to glue the box together firmly enough to withstand all the string tension, and 2) You need a good dose of patience for installing the 66 strings properly so they play in tune. We provide fully illustrated assembly instructions with the kit (or plans), and we also have video instruction for installing and tuning the strings. We can also help with troubleshooting over the phone if you have the instrument nearby when you call so we can hear the notes as you pluck the strings.

Tools you will need

Large spring clamps are very handy for assembling the box. They need to open 3" wide to reach the full thickness of the frame, and we use at least 20 of them for clamping the back and front panels. You could get by with other clamps, but you may need to pad the jaws to avoid denting the top or bottom surfaces of the box. A drill press will also be helpful for boring the holes for tuning pins and hitch pins, and it would help to fasten a good size plywood piece to your drill table to help support the large box as you drill. You could also do the drilling with a hand-held drill if you are careful and have a steady hand.

What's Included:
We also sell the Hammered Dulcimer finished and ready to play. Click here to learn more.


Key Specs

Strings 66 strings (17/16 layout)
Soundboard Solid Mahogany
Frame Walnut
Weight 14 pounds
Width at Front 40"
Width at Back 19"
Depth 19" front to back
Rosettes Included

The Musicmakers Kit Warranty

Need replacement parts?

Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.

Need help with construction?

We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.

Desire a refund?

We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.

If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.

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Carol Klink
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I have just begun to build this dulcimer and I am very pleased at the clear, precise directions given, and also the videos available on line. I don't anticipate any problems and know I will have a beautiful instrument when done.
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Great kit!
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This is the first instrument that I have built. I am also relatively new at woodworking. This was a ton of fun to build. I enjoyed the process. The instructions are clear and well written. The instrument came out beautifully and sounds wonderful. I cannot say enough good things about my experience.
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