Dulcimers

My goal as a dulcimer maker is to combine the best qualities of traditional dulcimers with classic lutherie to build dulcimers that are responsive, expressive and easy to play.

My standard dulcimers feature fine North American tonewoods, binding around the soundboard, high quality tuning machines and a comfortable 25 7/8″ or 27 1/2″ scale length with 19 frets including the 1 1/2, 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 frets. Additional frets, particular frets left out, and fully chromatic fingerboards are available options.

Standard models start at $1100.

Baritone dulcimers (Can also be built as a long scale instrument in D-A-D or similar tuning) start at $1200.

My instruments have a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner.

I’m catching up on orders and will  have the following dulcimers available for sale in a few months. If you are interested in any of these please let me know.  I can currently customize the number of strings and fret pattern as I am making these but once I progress to a certain point I will make them in whatever way I desire:

  1. A dulcimer with highly figured oak back and sides and a spruce soundboard salvaged from a very old piano! I still haven’t decided on the fingerboard, binding, etc.
  2. Another dulcimer with highly figured oak and an Adirondack spruce soundboard. Other details are still not defined.
  3. A dulcimer with walnut back and sides and a salvaged redwood soundboard, Other details are still up in the air.

A gallery of some of my work

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Dulcimers by Doug Berch - monkey is to show actual size of dulcimers

Dulcimer #143 by Doug Berch - curly maple - front

Dulcimer #143 by Doug Berch - curly maple - back

Dulcimer #143 by Doug Berch - curly maple - side

Dulcimer #132 by Doug Berch - walnut - top

Dulcimer #132 by Doug Berch - walnut - back

Dulcimer #132 by Doug Berch - walnut -side

Dulcimer #120 by Doug Berch - cherry - top

Dulcimer #120 by Doug Berch - cherry - back

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Doug Berch dulcimer maker