Dulcimers

Dulcimer #174$1400 (On Hold) – Spruce soundboard, quartersawn and figured red oak back and sides, ebony fingerboard over Spanish cedar, black binding around the soundboard, figured walnut peghead overlay, 3 strings, 1 1/2″ wide fingerboard, 25 7/8 string length, brass and terracotta position markers, black Gotoh tuners, black strap buttons.

This dulcimer has plenty of volume and is suitable for all styles of playing. Full, round, balanced tonal response. It is finished with some light antiquing. The back has beautiful worm holes that are filled.

Set up and compensated to play in D-A-D. I can alter the setup for other tunings if you prefer.
Dulcimer 174 by Doug BerchDulcimer 174 by Doug Berch- backDulcimer 174 by Doug Berch - side viewDulcimer 174 by Doug Berch - peghead
Dulcimer #181 – $1400

Quartersawn sassafras soundboard, lightly figured walnut back, sides, and peghead, wenge over mahogany fretboard with brass position markers, lacewood (sometimes called snakewood) binding around the soundboard, 4 strings (can be played with a double melody string, 4 equidistant strings, or as a 3 string), 1 1/2″ wide fingerboard, 25 7/8 string length, brass position markers, black Gotoh tuners, black strap buttons.

Set up and compensated to play in D-A-D. I can alter the setup for other tunings if you prefer.

Dulcimer #181 by Doug Berch - top viewDulcimer #181 by Doug Berch - back viewDulcimer #181 by Doug Berch - side view

If ordering one of my dulcimers and having it shipped, you can try it for three days to make sure you like it and have the option to return it for a full refund minus shipping costs. (I haven’t had one come back yet!)

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 quartersawn 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 $1200.

Baritone dulcimers (Can also be a long scale instrument in D-A-D or similar tuning) start at $1300.

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

Please inquire if you are interested in knowing about dulcimers currently in progress. 

You can see frequent photos of dulcimers in progress on Instagram.

A gallery of some of my work

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Dulcimer 175 by Doug Berch - Spruce, figured mahogany and zircoteDulcimer 175 by Doug Berch - back

Chromatic dulcimer in spruce walnut and zircote - front

Chromatic dulcimer in spruce walnut and zircote - back

Appalachian mountain dulcimer curly walnut and zircote made by Doug Berch - dulcimer builder

Appalachian mountain dulcimer - curly walnut and zircote made by Doug Berch - dulcimer maker

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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