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Purchase a Dulcimer
Purchase a Hammered Dulcimer
MasterWorks hammered dulcimers, his dulcimer of choice
for shows and performances. MasterWorks dulcimers are superlight
and supernice. Pictured here is the 16-15 Ultralight, the
same model that Scott uses for the majority of his
performances. Just because you are a beginner doesn't
mean that you need a 'beginner dulcimer'. The 16/15 is
perfect, but you could also do a 15/14 which has a
slightly softer voice. This 16/15 is $1099.
The top-selling instrument of the MasterWorks line is the 'Russell
Cook Edition' 16/16, pictured below. Russell, the owner /
founder of MasterWorks, designed this after being
asked repeatedly what he would build for himself. This
one costs $2099.
Upgrade the 16/15 to the "Bantam Weight"
option for $200. Russell Cook says, "you get more for
your $200 than anything else we sell." The Bantam
weight has a thin mahogany back and honeycombed
internal endrails making the instrument slightly
lighter. But the true advantage of the Bantam weight
is that the instrument has a richer voice and tone.
The MasterWorks dulcimers come with threaded inserts on
the back of the dulcimer so you can screw your
favorite camera tripod into it for a stand. I use the
adjustable stand and you can either stand or sit, and
adjust for whatever angle you prefer. I prefer a steep
angle that matches my natural forearm angle. Some prefer
a much flatter surface. Ergonomics makes for better playing and
Most of us dulcimer players are fairly self-taught. An
incredible book to get you going and then some is
written by Russell Cook, himself. It's called 'The
Ultimate Hammer Dulcimer Resource Book' and sells for
Another very cool thing offered by MasterWorks is damper
pedals. Dampers mute the string's sustain, giving the
instrument a whole different voice and playing
options. You can play superfast stuff without it
getting 'muddy'. If you own a copy of my 'The Road to
Lisdoonvarna' CD, listen to the beginning of 'Over the Waterfall'
and that's a dampened dulcimer. Dampers on new instruments
add an additional $600 to the price.
Choosing a dulcimer can be an overwhelming and confusing
process. What size? What woods? Diatonic or chromatic?
What kind of stand do I need? Do I really need a
damper pedal? The best thing to do is simply call me
I can answer most if
not all of your questions. Anything we don't know I
can find out from MasterWorks and get an order placed
if you'd like.
Download the following pdf files to learn more about MasterWorks dulcimers and their prices:
Order Form - prices