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.
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.
Being new to the mountain dulcimer I was ready to use a capo. I knew I could trust getting my first capo from Folkcraft. I am so pleased with everything I've purchased here. The capo adjusts, holds and helps my dulcimer sound beautiful. No slipping.
Not only are these the best strings I've found for my mountain dulcimer, my order is always promptly processed so they arrive within a week.
All parts were top quality and fit perfectly. Finished dulcimer had excellent sound. Base string is a bit heavy. Takes some getting used to. Overall, it’s my best instrument.
FolkRoots® Custom Series Dulcimer, Mahogany Body, Spruce Top. The first thing I noticed was that the harmonics play and ring clear, pure, and easy. The next thing I noticed was that when I tried to hammer on, they came through clean and easy too. My hands are happy to be playing on the shorter 26 inch VSL. The 1.5 fret is handy for playing some songs that I want to learn. I think she and I prefer both it when the house is not too cold. I think I am loving the warm sound, and I look forward to getting to know her better. Thank you.
A good selection of old-time hymns. The arrangements are simple and lovely, and not difficult to play.
I really enjoy the songs in the book.
took my time in the build over three days. print & pictures could be larger. or the toner/ink replaced in your printer. easy to follow overall. now getting used to having all the notes…
love folkcraft website. very quick delivery. I am just starting to "pick" my way through this book. but so far I am liking. many great exercises. and I do appreciate spiral bound books. so nice to be able to lay them open. great way to expand my dulcimer skills.
FolkCraft have great stings
We buy these in bulk, 60 packages at a time. The quality is consistently excellent, and on par with tuners that cost three times as much. We love dealing with Folkcraft!