Grassroots Hammered Dulcimers have a unique and beautiful sound.


Grassroots dulcimers come in 2 sizes. The larger size is referred to as 15/14. The 15 is the number of pairs of strings passing over the treble (center) bridge. The 14 is the number of string pairs passing over the bass (right) bridge. The smaller size dulcimer has 12 and 11 string sets passing over the treble and bass bridge, respectively.

Pin blocks and all other structural members are built from hard maple. Hard maple is ideally suited for a variety of musical instruments including dulcimers, violins and pianos. It is unsurpassed in beauty, strength and stability.

We offer spruce, a preferred material, for the soundboards because of its strength and superior acoustical properties. We continue to offer soundboards of mahogany or red oak plywood as a lower cost alternative, because they are structurally stable and strong.

Bridges are meticulously crafted of hard maple and capped with black delrin. Nickle-plated zither pins and hitch pins hold the finest quality music wire. Backs are of high quality plywood.


Heritage 15/14 Hammered Dulcimer

Our Heritage 15/14 dulcimer has a floating solid spruce soundboard. Spruce is the wood most often used for violin and guitar tops and piano soundboards. Floating means that the soundboard is not glued to the dulcimer. The soundboard is held on by the pressure of the strings. This allows the soundboard to move slightly and expand and contract slightly with the changes in humidity and the seasons of the year. The tone of the instrument is very balanced. The sustain is not too short (plunky, like a banjo) and not too long (like a piano with the damper pedal held down). The low notes are not boomy as they are on some dulcimers. The highest notes sound out strong, not trailing off to a distant plink.

The internal structure of the Heritage dulcimer is hard maple, with a 3/8 plywood back for strength and stability. The exterior is trimmed with cherry.

If you wish, we will dye the soundboard black.

Heritage 15/14 $ 795.00
Black soundboard option
$ 95.00

Classic II 15/14 Hammered Dulcimer

The soundboards of the Classic II dulcimers are solid spruce that are glued at the parameter to the structure of the instrument. The pin blocks are multi-laminated maple. All internal braces are made of hard maple. The exterior is trimmed in mahogany for beauty as well as stability.

 

Classic II 15/14 $ 595.00

Classic Series

As a low cost alternative, Grassroots continues to offer plywood soundboards. They are structurally stable and strong. We offer 1/4" mahogany or red oak.

Plywood soundboards, as a rule, have a drier, less resonant (banjo-like) sound than solid wood soundboards. Because the sustain is usually shorter than with solid wood, some players prefer a plywood soundboard when playing fast fiddle tunes. Both the 15/14 and 12/11 size instruments are made of the same high quality materials.

Classic 15/14 $ 495.00
Classic 12/11 $ 395.00

 


Legacy 12/11 Hammered Dulcimer

We have made a variety of subtle changes in order to offer an instrument at this budget price. The structure is still made of hard maple. The soundboard is made of 1/4" birch plywood. The stringing pattern is simplified.

Legacy 12/11 $ 295.00

Size Comparison


Classic Series
Mahogany 15/14 (back),
Red oak 12/11 (front)

When the renaissance of interest in the hammered dulcimer began in the late 1960’s, most instruments were the 12/11 size. Over the succeeding years, the larger 15/14 size has become the preferred size by most players. The 15/14 offers a greater range of notes, and thus, greater flexibility.


Table of Specifications

Heritage

Classic
II

Classic
15/14

Classic
12/11

Legacy

Ribs & internal bracing, hard maple

X

X

X

X

X

Pin blocks, solid hard maple

X

X

X

X

Pin blocks, laminated hard maple

X

Floating soundboard

X

Trim, cherry

X

X

Soundboard, solid spruce

X

X

Soundboard, mahogany plywood

X

X

Soundboard, birch plywood

X

15/14 size

X

X

X

12/11 size

X

X

Gooseneck tuning wrench

X

X

L-shape tuning wrench

X

X

X

Hammer set, double sided

X

X

X

Hammer set, single sided

X

X

Weight

17 lb.

17 lb.

16 lb.

12 lb.

11 lb.

Length

41-1/4"

41-1/4"

41-1/4"

37"

37"

Width

19-1/4"

19-1/4"

19-1/4"

15-1/2"

15-1/2"

Depth

3-1/2"

3-1/2"

3-1/2"

3-1/2"

3-1/2"

Price $795.00 $595.00 $495.00 $395.00 $295.00

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