Folkcraft Instruments has been crafting handmade mountain dulcimers since 1968. We've been providing the best dulcimers, plus the dulcimer cases, tab books, dulcimer string sets, and everything else a mountain dulcimer player needs. We even provide dulcimer parts - machine heads and wood parts - for builders of all skill levels. We're happy to build a custom mountain dulcimer for you, make you a custom instrument case, or make you a custom string set. All of our dulcimers are handmade in the USA.
Just as ordered--fine fingerboard.
This song book compares the piano key board to dulcimer fret board, it has answered questions I had wondered about since day one. All the songs are different than her other two gospel books. The print of the tablature is larger and darker, much improved; makes reading much easier especially in low lighting. Can’t wait for book four. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
Hung it on the wall as a poster to keep thinking about building guitars. It makes for conversation with co-workers. It's a nice visual aid, and food for thought.
Love Tull’s books, play a lot of his arrangements
Recently built my first dulcimer and purchased individual strings at a music store, sounded ok but not really. Then ordered a set of loop end strings,. 011 .011 .013 .024 . Huge difference, very clean sound, It always pays to buy the real thing.
Nicely screen-printed mid-weight sweatshirt! You won’t be disappointed.
I ordered a Custom Series Baritone Dulcimer on Friday and it was delivered on Sunday. Beautiful instrument and beautiful voice. Honduras Mahogany body and top with Wenge Fret board. Thank you Richard for the special set-up. I absolutely love this instrument. Everything about it is quality from the design to the notes. I waited a long time and truly am not disappointed. I hope I can play to this instruments ability.
Her books range from Easy to Difficult for me as a beginner. The songs are arranged in versus so you can sing as well as play. There is a large variety of hymns. This book addresses chords and finger positions for them. Excellent learning tool. I am excited to get book four.
I have both volumes of these songbooks. I LOVE them!!! The songs are written simply and have the chords and rhythms on the facing page. The selection of songs is perfect for anyone into bluegrass or old-time tunes!
Excellent bow. The one supplied with my psaltry was not very good. This sounds so much better - easy to hold ( I have bad arthritis in my hands) and easier to play - also about no finger pain so I can enjoy playing the psaltry when ever I wish. Thank you. Web site easy to navigate - shipping was fast.
Came in timely and ready to install
I've tried plenty of straps over the years...most of which didn't 'cut the cake'. This strap, however, is definitely a keeper. It is sturdy and well made. The leather ends are especially impressive.
My first dulcimer lessons was Beginners Boot Camp at Black Mountain in October, 2021. I have been jammin’ using two chord strumming accompaniment, staying off the melody string in order to keep up with the group. I knew over the holidays that I needed to transcend into the melody string sometime. I read the Folkcraft news letter; “Faster, Cleaner, Better!” was the topic. I have only worked through two chapters and immediately applied some of the techniques. Example, using your “pinky” for bar chords. I am excited to continue learning to play Melodie’s the correct way, rather than trying to correct my fumbling old way. The book also offers the concept that the best way is the easiest. But sometimes you may not be doing the easiest, because change is difficult, you need to give it a try. Excellent book for learning, great investment!
I recently purchased a Sampler Pack of red, yellow and blue Herdim picks.
Threw a couple of other picks in the bag, and when we had the first meeting of our new church dulcimer band, I told the new dulcimer players to take two of any color. Minutes later, they were happily strumming away.
I don't know when or how Herdim picks became the "official" picks for dulcimer players, but they work for me.
Recently I came across 7 old Folk Craft Dulcimers that I decided to clean, oil and restring, for a dulcimer band in our church. But what were those funny looking pins set in the end of the dulcimers. Previously I had only used loop end strings for my dulcimers. Rich at Folkcraft Dulcimers assured me that they were for ball end strings, and that I didn't need any special equipment to apply them to the pins.
I purchased 7 sets of strings with ball ends, they went on with ease, and now there are seven happy new dulcimer players strumming away in upstate New York.