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Folkcraft® Cardboard Dulcimer, Pack Of Five Kits

Item number 9091571 Regular price $323.99

Our cardboard (corrugated paper) dulcimer kit is just what you've been trying to find! All of the paper parts are cut out, and ready to glue. The fingerboard 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 fingerboard with a 27" VSL (Vibrating String Length).
Detailed instructions are provided, and this 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 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

Based on 4 reviews
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.

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.

Great way to try it out!

This kit is an inexpensive and good way to see if you can get the hang of the dulcimer. It has great instructions and was easy to assemble. I fell in love with this instrument and just placed an order for a custom dulcimer!

Cardboard Kit is a Great Learning Tool

I bought this because I thought my grandson would love to build it and learn to play while on spring break. He really enjoyed building it and had even more fun learning to play. He played with my club at the end of the week. The cardboard kit was a great experience and I cant wait to do it with my other grandkids.