Mountain Dulcimer

Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers

All Instruments are Handcrafted in the USA

Choosing a new dulcimer can be overwhelming, and many times I am asked to advise people on their choices. This video provides sound comparisons among McSpadden, Blue Lion, Papaw’s Dulcimers, Magowan Dulcimers, and Clemmer dulcimers made from a variety of woods. In addition to choosing an instrument that has a sound that you find pleasing, be sure that a prospective dulcimer has high quality geared tuners, an action that is comfortable to you, and a 6-1/2 fret. I am always happy to talk to people about choosing a dulcimer, so feel free to contact me with questions. But, in the end, it is all a matter of personal preference and finding the instrument that calls to you.

McSpadden Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

McSpadden Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

McSpadden Dulcimers

These beautiful Appalachian Mountain dulcimers have been the mainstay of our business since the early 70s. They are quality instruments with a beautiful, resonant sound.

There are two shapes: Hourglass (photo left) or Teardrop (photo right). The hourglass shape has hearts as tone holes and the teardrop shape has “f-holes”. There are also 2 different head designs… either a flat head like a guitar (photo left) or a traditional scroll (photo right). They come in either solid walnut or cherry wood and are available with a spruce top for an extra $11. There is also a choice in heads – either a flat head like a guitar or a beautiful carved scroll head for an extra $27.50.

Flat head solid walnut or solid cherry: $374.00

Scroll head solid walnut or solid cherry: $401.50

Add a spruce top to the above for an extra: $11.00

Add a redwood top to the above for an extra: $16.50

Other options include ebony fingerboard and black or gold tuners. Call or email for details.

Other models (such as Ginger, Bass, six-string, etc.) are also available.

McSpadden Dulcimer Kits Blowing Rock NC

McSpadden Sweet Song Dulcimer Kit

This is a precut, ready to assemble kit version of the McSpadden dulcimer. It is made from a very high-quality walnut veneer and has a beautiful sound. All you have to supply is carpenter’s glue, sand paper, finish, basic tools and 15 to 20 hours of loving labor.

The cost is $140. It comes with very detailed instructions on assembly as well as a book on how to play.

Dulci-Can Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

Dulci-Can Dulcimers

This is a little one-string dulcimer with a can as the sound box. It was created by Bill’s dad, Rogers, who still holds the patent on the instrument. It costs $20 with a booklet, pic and a stick. A kit is available for $15. You only have to add the can.

Neely Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

Neely Dulcimers

There beautiful instruments are made in Southwest Virginia by our good friend Mr. Neely who has been making instruments for us for many years. They are made of various woods, including walnut, cherry, curly or tiger maple, spalted or wormy maple, wormy chestnut, mahogany, butternut, spruce and more. Most instruments have a combination of woods. Tone holes include hearts, hummingbirds, maple leaves, butterflies and others. All Neely Instruments come with a case and book.

Neely Standard Hourglass Dulcimer: From $325 – $360. (2nd and 4th from the left)

Neely Concert Dulcimer: Larger hourglass body with big sound and adjustable bridge. From $550.

(large dulcimer in the middle)

Neely Duici-Jo Dulcimer: Played flat like a traditional dulcimer, but with a wooden banjo head and a very big banjo sound. $325 – $360. (1st on the left)

Neely Du-Jo Dulcimer: Played like a banjo with a neck and wooden banjo head, but is fretted like a dulcimer and much easier to play than a banjo. Three-string is $295 (last on the right).

Larger Deluxe 4-string Du-Jo is $350.

Eckard Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

Eckard Dulcimers

These beautiful Western North Carolina dulcimers are hand made by our good friend Mr. Eckard. They are traditional sounding dulcimers which are hourglass shaped and made of various lovely woods and with a variety of different tone holes. Woods include walnut, curly maple and spalted maple, cherry, catalpa, mahogany and cedar. Tone holes include hearts, bleeding hearts, humming birds, eagles, and crosses and doves.

$260 including a case and book.

Student Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

Student Dulcimers

A wonderful and affordable dulcimer with a solid western red cedar top, luan mahogany ply sides and back, solid luan mahogany fretboard. They have a lovely traditional sound. $210 including a case and book.

Cardboard Dulcimers Blowing Rock NC

Cardboard Dulcimer

This little 3 string cardboard dulcimer has an amazing sound and is very sturdy. Cardboard body with wooden fretboard. It provides an excellent introduction to the dulcimer. Comes ready to play with a dulcimer pick, noter stick, 4-mil plastic carrying bag, and the 28 page playing manual, Meet the Friendly Dulcimer.


Prices are subject to change.