Dulcimer History



The Appalachian Dulcimer (or Mountain Dulcimer) dates back to the early 1800s. It was developed from similarly designd Medival European instruments, in the zither family. The dulcimer first appeard in Southern Appalachian Mountains, thus the reference "mountain" dulcimer. Today the dulcimer has become one of the most recognizable and popular folk instruments in the United States.

Dulcimer Tradition*


Since 1971, Black Mountain Instruments has been making superior quality, reasonably priced dulcimers.

These stringed acoustical instruments are very simple to learn and play and, they can be enjoyed by a wide range of people - musicians and non-musican, adults and children.

Black Mountain Instruments is proud to continue the tradition of the Mountain Dulcimer. We offer a complete line of acoustic, electric and paper tune dulcimers. Plus, the best available support materials for the dulcimer, including songbooks and tapes. The exclusive Black Mountain handmade process insures that each dulcimer has the best tone and most beautiful finish.
* See our selection of products. We do make each dulcimer by hand, so we can customize or alter our designs to your specifications.



  Dulcimers from the Finest Hand-Picked Solid Woods


We use only the finest hand-picked solid woods:

Spruce - From Stradivarius violins to Steinway pianos, Spruce is the material of choice for most stringed instruments. Used for many of our dulcimer soundboards.

Redwood- Some of our dulcimers in corporate Redwood soundboards because of the way the sounds interact with the other types of woods used, also because of the close-grained beauty of Redwood.

Mahogany - This stable, even-grained wood is used in the body, head and fingerboards of many of our dulcimers. Mahogany produces a mellow, well balanced tone.

Cherry - The traditional dulcimer wood is Cherry, with a sustaining, full range tone. It is used in the body, head and fingerboards of our instruments. Cherry varies from maple-white to a rich, reddish brown color.

Walnut - Walnut is another traditional dulcimer wood used in the body, head and fingerboards of our dulcimers. This wood has tonal qualities similar to Cherry but is characteristically chocolate brown in color with a striking grain pattern.




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