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Folkcraft® Cardboard Dulcimer Kit, Chromatic

Item Number 2315287

Regular price $95.00

Featuring corrugated paper, our chromatic cardboard dulcimer kit is just what you've been trying to find! All of the paper parts are cut out, and ready to glue. The fretboard is made of a solid hardwood (typically hickory, ash, or walnut), and is slotted for nut, bridge, and frets, and also has holes pre-drilled to accommodate the machine heads. Our kits have a fretboard with a 27" VSL (Vibrating String Length).

Detailed instructions are provided, and this cardboard chromatic dulcimer kit should take you about two hours to build. You'll need the following tools: a small hammer (for tapping in the frets and anchor pins); a drill with #49 bit (for drilling the holes for the anchor pins and machine head screws); a small Phillips head screwdriver (for installing the machine head screws); a piece of sandpaper, either 120 grit or 220 grit (for fitting the nut and bridge pieces); a pair of wire cutters (for trimming the frets and cutting the strings to length); and a flat file (for finishing the ends of the frets). You'll also need to provide some white or yellow glue (for assembling the cardboard parts).

People ask us how our chromatic cardboard dulcimers sound. They are the best cardboard dulcimers we've ever heard. The Folkcraft cardboard dulcimer kits have a sweet mellow sound. They don't have the volume of a cherry or walnut dulcimer, though. If you want a loud instrument, choose something in solid wood.

Customer Reviews

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Randy Clark
Will need neighbors with the right tools

Another reviewer stated he got help from his neighbors to do the fret work. I don't have that neighbor so my fret wires are a mess.
I think the kit should come fretted because I don't have hours to file the hard fret wire down or a neighbor with the right power tool.
After some time on this it's still in the box.....

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Janet Dillon
Card board dulcimer

The item arrived right on time with all parts and instructions included. It is a pretty decent dulcimer for the price.

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Nicole LaMotte

I love the sound. Thank you.

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Laura Mackenzie
Perfect starter chromatic dulcimer for me

This kit was a gift from my husband. I have been curious about this type of dulcimer for awhile, egged on by what I saw that Sam Edelston (and others) could do with one when I watched his videos. I felt this would be a low cost way to get my feet wet and expand my learning the kinds of songs that I can't do on my other MDs. Have all the notes and expanded chord possibilities? Yes, I like this. And, it will kick my butt into gear to focus and learn chord theory more deeply.

I must admit I did not do all the assembly work. Getting help locally from some other neighbors did not work out. Not having proper tools, bits, files, or workspace, I ended up enlisting Richard's help finishing the fretboard. It was worth the extra expense. I finally finished assembling the rest of it this past weekend and I am pleased with the end results and the sound of it. The directions were okay after reading through them a few times; the photos a bit small and blurry to see but I figured it out. I look forward to learning more music with this instrument. Who knows, I may invest in another better chromatic dulcimer in the future if I take to it well. Thanks, Folkcraft, Richard, for making this possible.

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Linda R
Folkcraft Kit Success

I loved building my dulcimer kit, the instructions were fairly easy to follow (although it would have helped to have larger, more clear photos in the instructions). It took a few days, mostly to allow the glue to dry completely between steps. The cardboard instrument sounds better than I imagined ... a great way to learn without making a big investment in a dulcimer.