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.
They look good and fit great. They are lightweight and ideal for summer ware. I recomend these shirts.
Carrying a mountain dulcimer in a hardshell case was awkward and uncomfortable. I was forever swapping arms to relieve the heaviness of the instrument and case. Folkcraft's Deluxe Rigid Dulcimer case slips right on my back and makes carrying the dulcimer is easy. My hands are free for other gear. The front pocket holds my iPad and a plastic tackle box with tuner, noter, pencil, clips, etc.
Don't tell Richard, but I recently accidentally tested the integrity of the case when I left it on the floor when retracting the slide on our motor home. I heard wood breaking but couldn't immediately tell where it was coming from. When I realized what had happened, I imagined my precious instrument splintered. Fortunately, the case completely did its job: The dulcimer was unharmed. Unfortunately, one of the plywood sides was broken in two places. I learned an expensive lesson, but the cost of a new case was a fraction of the cost to replace the dulcimer.
My experience in ordering the new case could not have been better. I ordered it late one evening and the new case shipped the next morning, arriving in about a week.
I'm a believer in FolkCraft, my instrument, and this case. Thanks!
If you need bass strings this is the way to go!
quality pins, service. use these to attach loop ends. OK when using ball ends with ball removed after rounding loop with a tapered punch
My customer was ecstatic with the finished result and the wood Folkcraft was what made the instrument special.
You can be assured the products you purchase from Folkcraft will be what you expect, a quality product. I’ve always gotten personalized service and been completely satisfied with my purchases.
Fast and dependable.
I own and play five different Folkcraft dulcimers and I prefer this one over all others. The preamp is tremendous because it can shape so many different sounds. I find a three stringer easier to to play because hard fingerings are easily hit. It sounds terrific too. It really sings. The double back really makes a difference. I recommend all Folkcraft products. Great helpful friendly service too.
Wonderful product, fast delivery and came straight and not bent or kinked. well packaged.
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I never got to use my lovely Folkcraft strings. I left my dulcimer at a Local music shop to restring. The overwhelmed and terribly back-logged music tech didn’t read instructions on ticket and not only did not use the strings I supplied but also added the 4th string back which I had removed two years ago when I 1st started playing. However, the dulcimer had already been in the shop for 2 weeks and I liked the new sound so took as is.
Clear and straightforward web site.
Placed the order online.
Order arrived in a timely manner.
Items matched order.
I'm very satisfied :)
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.