Hammered Dulcimers Made In Bath UK Telephone 07900 996410
2022 had Covid and survived. I'm still working! Quite Simply Great Hammered Dulcimers For Sale! Pre-war prices!
Hammered Dulcimers made by Tim Manning - based in Bath, Somerset, UK with 27 years experience of professional manufacture. My clients include The Royal Opera House, The Royal Danish Theatre, Scottish National Theatre, Royal Acadamy of Music, sound designers, film composers, solo performers, Bands:- Peter Gabriel, Anna Calvi, Charlie Winston and many others known and unknown. 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, Dulcimer stands, soft gig bags for the Dulcimers, Dulcimer hammers - beaters & tuners are supplied too. You can even get me to perform on your track if you like. If you are doing research into Dulcimers you will find better sites for that elsewhere. If you want to buy Hammered Dulcimers, this site has a great selection whatever your budget!
Photo by Owen Evans Sent to me by one of my clients
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 other parts of the Far East. There are many different layouts, tuning patterns, sizes and weights.
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 percussive style of playing is an attractive and interesting new experience for many. The instruments are played with beaters usually 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 the instrument 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 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 in my experience give more of a nasal sound. Mahogany I would describe as 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, Maple and 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 that part of the instrument. Currently I'm using Yellow Pine 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, though some get more of it.!"