High Country Dulcimers


8830 NC Hwy 105 South
Boone, NC 28607
828-963-TUNE (8863)
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Tuesday    10:00AM-4:00PM

Wednesday    Closed

Thursday    10:00AM-4:00PM

Friday    10:00AM-5:00PM

Saturday    10:00AM-5:00PM

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High Country Hammered Dulcimers; designed for sound, built for playing.


The hammered dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Typically, the hammered dulcimer is set on a stand, at an angle, before the musician, who holds small mallet hammers in each hand to strike the strings.


The hammered dulcimer comes in various sizes, identified by the number of strings that cross each of the bridges. A 15/14, for example, has two bridges; treble and bass and spans from three octaves to High Country's amazing 5 octave HD 22. The strings of a hammered dulcimer are usually found in pairs, two strings for each note, though some instruments have three or four strings per note. Each set of strings is tuned in unison and is called a course.


The strings of the hammered dulcimer are often tuned diatonically, or according to a "circle of fifths" pattern.  Typically, the lowest note, often a G or a D is found on the lower right-hand corner of the instrument, just to the left of the right-hand bass bridge. As a player strikes the courses above in sequence, they ascend the diatonic scale based on the G or D.


Hear Barlet's Farewell - Hammered Dulcimer

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Hear Cindy Ribet - Sing Out Hammered Dulcimer

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The Grand Concert model is Mac's newest instrument and has 5 octaves. Its deep voice and mellow volume stands out in a crowd. The extra octave and additional notes make for more options and variety in playing.


HD22 Chromatic 22-22-8 300
The New! Grand Concert Model!
HD4 Chromatic 22-22-8

Size:

  • Front Rail - 19.5"
  • Back Rail - 46 "
  • Depth - 2 3/4"
  • Front to back - 26.5"
  • Weight - approx. 24 lbs

 


 

The Chromatic model is Mac's most popular instrument and has 3.5 octaves. Its deep voice and mellow volume stands out in a crowd.

hd3 17-17-7 350
Chromatic hammered dulcimer
HD3 Chromatic 17-17-7
Size:

  • Front Rail - 18"
  • Back Rail - 45"
  • Depth - 3"
  • Weight - 17 lb average

 


 

HD-2 store 400

 

HD2 hammered dulcimer
The HD2 is a 3 octave (15/14) instrument.
It too has a deep voice and lots of volume.


Size:
Front Rail - 19"
Back Rail - 43"
Depth - 3"
Weight - 15 lb average

 


 

HD-1 350

 

The HD-1 is a 2.5 octave (12/11) & it comes with no stand

Size:
Front Rail - 20"
Back Rail - 40"
Depth - 3"
Weight - 14 lb average

 



The Bracing System is unique; it is made from tone woods mitered into pin blocks with 1/4" aluminum trust rods under each bridge supporting the sound board. The angled pin blocks and pins reduce the stress on the entire instrument, preventing cuping, making tuning easier and staying in tune longer.


Construction of all Hammered Dulcimers:

  1. Sound board: African Mahogany
  2. Pin Blocks: Eastern Hard Maple
  3. Back: 5 ply Baltic Birch
  4. Bridges: Cherry or Walnut
  5. Rails: Your choice of Wood
  6. Handle: Scultured Port in Back
  7. Bridge Caps: Delrin Rod, White and Black
  8. Finish: Natural Wood Tones using clear lacquer

Features of High Country Dulcimers Hammered Dulcimers:

  1. Your choice of woods including Walnut, Cherry, Curley or Birds Eye Maple, etc.
  2. Solid Bridge
  3. Advanced Method of Bracing
  4. Easy Tuning
  5. Clear Crisp Tone, Plenty of Bass and Volume
  6. 2 Loop End Strings per Course
  7. Bass Tuned on Right Side, Treble on left
  8. Shorter Reach From Treble Bridge to Bass Bridge

Options:

  1. Pickups - electronics by Fishman
  2. Pearl Inlays
  3. Relief Carvings on Front Rail
  4. Adjustable Stands ( Walnut or Cherry)