Hammered Dulcimers made in Somerset UK
Quite Simply Great Hammered Dulcimers For Sale!
Hammered Dulcimers made by Tim Manning - based in Somerset, UK with 25 years experience. His instruments have been used by Peter Gabrial and many others. This is a site for buying great british (hammered) Dulcimers and their related cousins from other countries, hackbrett, tsimbaly and cimbalom. In addition to hammered dulcimers, other items are avaliable too, (hammered) Dulcimer stands, soft gig bags for the dulcimers, dulcimer hammers - beaters & tuners are supplied too. You can even get Tim to perform on your track if you like. If you are doing research into hammered dulcimers you will find better sites elsewhere. If you want to buy hammered dulcimers, this site has a great selection whatever your budget!
Dulcimers - World Instruments
The captivating sounds of the Dulcimer have been echoing round these islands for at least 300 years and some say around 2000 years worldwide. This is a whole world instrument. Yes very many countries have their own version of the hammered dulcimer particularly Eastern Europe, Iran, India, China and the rest of the Far East. To play the hammered dulcimer is to experience the magic of string percussion. The sound and playing method of hammered dulcimers is very engaging. The combination of melodious and percussion style action is an attractive and interesting new experience for many. The instruments are played with spoon shaped sticks called hammers, so instead of plucking, picking or strumming you strike the strings. It's a bit like melodic drumming. You don't even have to know how to play it to make pleasing rhythmic compositions! Simple patterns can sound incredible. The traditional layout also provides an intuative new musical experience. Thus engendering exploration and creativity.
There are no rules to playing! But most people play them with the beaters (hammers) but by the way you can pluck, strum or bow them. Others tickle, tease and even hammer using their fingers.
UK Hammered Dulcimers For Sale - Made From European & North American sustainable timbers
UK made hammered dulcimers, using sustainable timber from Northern Europe and North America and locally sourced hardwoods from Somerset, supplied by Charltons, timber suppliers to the Queen. "The majority of my instruments are made from Baltic laminated Birch for soundboards. Given the tension on a dulcimer, it's pretty much the best construction material for them. All timbers colour the sound in one way or another. The Birch tops have a more open sound. Softwoods give more of a nasal sound. Mahogany has more of a treacly sound. When soft or hardwoods are used, the boards are prone to splitting and so need more care to help prevent that. I use Ash for the rails because of it's bend resistance, Beech for the pinblocks to firmly anchor the pins and finally Maple for the bridges as a good conductor of sound. Each timber specificly chosen for the different functions of the parts of the instrument. Currently I'm using Yellow Pine is used for stands as it is mostly fairly light and knot free. A number of different models are avaliable to suit differing budgets. Each instrument is given the same quality of attention some get more of it!"