Thanks for posting "Half Hannikin"! It immediately grabbed my attention and I ran to grab my old Playford book off the shelf - I know where my nose will be the next week. On the way back to my dulcimer, grabbed your 'Swing Dulcimer' to insert in the CD player. Thanks for all the motivation.
Hey Hollis and welcome to the site. This is a great place to listen to music and share ideas. Enjoy!
I consider all of my Dulcimers to have a very balanced sound. The Maple on just seems a little fuller overall. Both dulcimers have excellent tonal output across the range. I had a player in my house who had a simmerman and I have to say that my Dulcimer sounded much better to me.
They are both on this site:
Also if you send me a email address we could correspondwith out having to do everything through this site. An easier why for me to send you jpeg images and sound files etc. My direct email is
The baritone set up Dulcimer you heard in the soundfile was My Brothers Cherry with sitka spruce top.
My build time is approximately 3 months, I am one month from finish on a custom build that is currently in production.
I have the maple for sale for $1450.00 including pick-up and Dulcimer bag.
I have a walnut for sale for $1150.00 this Dulcimer does not have a pick-up, a bag is included.
A custom build without a pick-up is $1350.00, add $100 if a pick-up is included.
The 27.5 scale length is the same for all of my dulcimers.
The lower bout F holes were an experiment. I left those holes inside of the perimeterof my regular oval sound hole so that I could always change it to having the standard oval hole design. This eventually happened and the Dulcimer with the lower bout F holes no longer exists in that form.
The smaller F holes were holding it back and it was not selling, I think people that are interested in dulcimers of this kind are looking for the full range of sound that the oval hole provides, but that is just my guess.
Baritone set up isfrom the bass .32 wound/ .24 wound/ .16/ .16. Tuned AEaa.
Usually I set them up DAD with .22 wound, .16, .12,.12.
The Maple Dulcimer actually has a deeper bass but this can be attributed to the fact that the Maple has 1/4" deeper sides so I do not have a direct comparison.
When I have experimented with covering the upper bouts soundholes with masking tape, I
definitelyget a thinner sound response.
Hey Hollis, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
My Dulcimers do lend themselves to fingerpicking & 4 equi distant strings. I have never had any experience with my Dulcimer and anything other than metal strings, so I can't really address that.The Dulcimers are very clear in voice but they do have lots of sustain.
Links to examples:
Heidi Muller & Bob Webb, Heidi plays a Probst Dulcimer:
This Video has Joellen Lapidus playing a Probst Dulcimer, scroll down to the 8:00 minute mark.
This is a sound file of my Brother playing a Probst set up as Baritone.
I hope this helps answer yor questoin and I will be happy to answer more.
Good to hook up and I wil be happy to answer any of your questions about my instruments.
Hi Hollis, and welcome to the wonderful world of FOTMD. It's a good place to spend some time, learn about the dulcimer and to meet some good people.
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!