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Folkcraft® Cardboard Dulcimer Kit, Chromatic

Item Number 2315287

Regular price $89.99

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 accomodate 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 dulcimers 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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L.
Great kit!

I made this without any skills at all. I took my time and it came out very very nice. I would recommend this to anyone. The sound of the dulcimer is very nice too. A fun project and and beautiful instrument!

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G.S.
Cardboard dulcimer

Pretty easy to build, excellent written instructions. The estimate of 2 hours to build is a little sporty - it took me about 4 hours over a few days. All in all a nice starter instrument.

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S.G.
Fantastic starter Dulcimer

I built my first dulcimer from scratch. I bought the one to use everyday and not have to use my hand built one. It was very easy to assemble and has a very nice tone.

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D.D.
FolkCraft cardboard Dulcimer Kit

I wanted a dulcimer that I can take on a small regional plane and not worry if it got banged up so I ordered this kit. Super easy to build, stays tuned!, and sounds mellow. I’m happy with my choice.

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P.C.
Chromatic kit for learning

One of these days I'll be good enough to justify a wood dulcimer, but for learning chromatic technique this cardboard dulcimer is just fine. It went together in a few hours, and actually has a pretty good tone.