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.
I have just received this beautiful instrument - the full and rich sound is fascinating and impressing and makes you want to play...and play...and play - it's so much fun and enjoyment!
I'm a new player and got by for a while without a capo. I ordered a capo and a new set of strings from Folkcraft and I'm glad I did!
Unfortunately, I am not a very accomplished musician, so I can't honestly say how good these picks are. They are easy to hold on to, and the service was great.
I've been building hammered dulcimers for
over 40 years, but somehow NEVER heard of delrin rod until a few weeks ago? I've always lived in fairly remote areas, and am a bit of a "Luddite", so not much access to the internet. Anyway, when I first read about delrin rod, I was convinced I had to use it on my new dulcimers. Unfortunately, all of my searches ended in frustration. Several industrial suppliers insisted I must buy 1,000 feet to place on order (that's a lot of delrin rod!). So, when I accidently stumbled (metaphorically) onto "Folkcraft Instruments, I was delighted that they offer small quantities of delrin rod (both white and black) at very reasonable prices. I placed my order, it arrived in less than a week, and boom, I will never use brass road on my instruments again! If I could find an upload link I'd send an image of my latest dulcimer, with white delrin rod on ebony side bridges, and treble and bass bridges with alternating white and black delrin rod. Thanks Folkcraft Instruments! You've given an old guy's dulcimers a new and modern look!
I am very happy with this kit so far. Everything is lazer cut and fits very well together. I can not wait to string up the dulcimer I am building to try these hammers out. they are a very good value for everything you get.
I love the finish on these pins. I like the fact that it is different then just silver. Plan to keep buying so long as Folkcraft keeps selling them.
I chose a 2 inch strap to steady my dulcimer as its left end is almost off my knee. The strap holds it steady so I can play easily. I like the quick-release buckle which makes it simple to take it off when I'm finished playing.
This was a great purchase, timely arrival, very good condition, beautiful wood. Hubby is having fun building the dulcimer.
A great variety of music.
Love this book..it has a good variety of fiddle tunes that are challenging but definitely playable and having the CD is enjoyable to listen to but helps tremendously to know what the tunes are supposed to sound like when they are played on the dulcimer
It is hard for me to review this kit because I built a custom instrument from parts of this kit. While the directions are short and partially pictorial, if you follow the directions, do some outside research and look at examples you can build a beautiful instrument from this kit. The wood selection is good and book matched parts are nicely selected, and the peg head is finely machined. The key here is everything is made of SOLID WOOD, there are no laminated or plywood parts.
I made several requests when I ordered my kit.
1. I wanted a longer scale length, so Richard was nice enough to send a fingerboard blank and fret wire instead of a finished board so I could make the scale I chose.
2. I wanted 2 1/4” tall sides. Again the good people at Folkcraft made changes and substituted parts.
No other “ kit” is the quality of this one. And building this kit can allow enough experience to build a more intricate instrument the next time. My instrument came out exceptional and sounds Amazing.
Wonderful book! Great selection of songs!
Very nice. Purchasing another set.
These nuts and bridges are very good for both dulcimers, and strumsticks. A little trimming may be necessary in some cases.
I’ve really been happy with the 6 string dulcimer kit and dulcimer carrying bag I purchased from Folkcraft. The dulcimer has a really big sound and tonal quality. It is a pleasure to play. The dulcimer is made of walnut by the way. The bag is of excellent quality and easy to use. The staff were very helpful with the ordering process. I had managed somehow to order twice and was contacted by them right away and got the order corrected. Thanks for the help.
These machine heads worked well with the traditional hourglass dulcimer I just finished. I would have preferred that there was a string hole in the middle of the post rather than at the bottom and top, but they worked well.
This fret saw worked perfectly for cutting the fret slots in the dulcimer i just finished. The fret wire installed easily and held well in the slots. The saw is also handy for other precise work.
The dulcimer plan contains all the necessary information. This was my first dulcimer, and I used the plan to make and assemble all the parts from the plan, without using a kit. I would recommend that the builder have a copy made (or purchase two copies?) so that one can be cut out for patterns, and the other retained for reference.
This is a great inexpensive saw that with the 4 interchangeable blades will come in handy in any shop. And you will find more uses for it than just fret slots.
just what I needed, thanks
I am building an instrument and was delighted to see that I could find exactly the right pre-slotted nut and bridge for that instrument. That takes a lot of the pressure off of me to make sure that I get the string spacing correct. The pricing was excellent as was the service. What more could I ask for? Thanks again. Will, Oxford, Michigan
These strings were great. Easy to install and are holding a tune.
Standard 4/4 Size Violin Plan
Folkcraft® Mountain Dulcimer String Set, Loop Ends (.011" .011" .013" .024"BW)
This is a WONDERFUL book of well-known and some not so well-known songs to sing and play! I highly recommend this book! Patti
I haven’t had time to start working with the book yet, but I have looked through it and look forward to start practicing with it next week.
These are great especially for new players. They stay in tune and last a long time.
Folkcraft® Machine Heads, Open Gear, Bone-Colored Button, Four Pack
This wire was easier to work with than curved wire. It installed with a few taps and did not come out.