High Country Dulcimers


8830 NC Hwy 105 South
Boone, NC 28607
828-963-TUNE (8863)
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Jan - April

Mon, Tues, Wed,  Thurs   CLOSED
Friday     10:00AM--5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM--4:30PM
Sunday--See You In Church

 

 

 

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High Country Mountain Dulcimers - Designed for Sound; built for Playing.

The Appalachian dulcimer (or mountain dulcimer) is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. Its origins are in the Appalachian region of the United States.  The body extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic.

With only three or four strings and a simple diatonic fret pattern, the Appalachian dulcimer is generally regarded as one of the easiest string instruments to learn. The traditional way to play the instrument is to lay it flat on the lap and pluck or strum the strings with the right hand, while fretting with the left. Alternatively, the dulcimer may also be placed on a wooden table, which can boost volume. The instrument is generally strung with the melody string (or string pair) on the player's side of the instrument, and the bass string on the outside.


Hear Jeff Furman on Hourglass Dulcimer with Amazing Grace

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Hear Jeff Furman on a Tear Drop Dulcimer - Camp Meeting on July 4th

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High Country Mountain Dulcimers Designed: 1969-70 by C.E. McKinney:

  1. Small Tear Drop TD-1 | TD-1: 33.5" overall, 26" fret board
    a TD-1
  2. Large Tear Drp TD-2 | TD-2: 36 " overall, 28.5" fret board
    b TD-2
  3. Hour Glass HG-3 | HG-3: 36" overall, 28.5" fret board
    c HG3
  4. Round Bottom RB-4 | TD-4: 36" overall, 28.5" fret board
    d rbTwins


Construction:

  • Back and Sides: Solid Wood
  • Sound Board: Quarter Sawn Sitka Spruce
  • Fret Board: Solid Wood channeled to 1/4" thickness
  • Back Strip: American Holly or Walnut
  • Bracing: Sitka Spruce
  • Bracing is spaced to balance the harmonics giving a rich full tone.
  • Woods: Walnut, Cherry, Curley Maple, Birds Eye or Quilted Maple, Hawiian Koa, etc.
  • Finish: Natural Wood Tones Finished in Satin or Gloss Clear Lacquer


All instruments are a full 2" deep for bass and volume and are approx. 2 lbs

Options:

  1. Choice of sound holes
  2. Pearl inlay
  3. Gold Plated Tuners
  4. Electronics -(by Fishman)
  5. 6 String Models

 

pegs 350

We use a guitar type peg board with ultra light machined tuners, making tuning much easier.

 

plug 350

Our tail-end blocks are designed to eliminate nails or tacks using Ball End strings. There is a plug in jack plate mounted on side for balance and keeps the patch cord out of view.