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Dusty Strings D550 Chromatic 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer

Dusty Strings D550 Chromatic 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer


Regular price $3,765.00
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The D550 is the best of Dusty Strings' mid-sized chromatic series. It adds 5 more courses of strings to the super bass bridge, extending the bass range down to G2. It therefore combines a highly useful 3¾ range and deep, lush tone with a relatively portable body size, making it one of Dusty Strings most popular instruments.

Working closely with their design partner, Sam Rizzetta, Dusty Strings developed what they call a "dual-density bridge system" to optimize the tonal balance across the range. In the upper register. They use jatoba, a very dense and articulate South American tonewood, which brings out the clear, ringing bell tones of the high notes. Slightly lighter density Eastern hard maple in the mid and lower ranges facilitates a full, warm, round tone. This combination surrounds the player with a balanced blend of clarity, responsiveness, sparkle and warmth.

Carbon fiber is incorporated into the internal bracing of the Chromatic Series dulcimers, improving upon their existing reputation for excellent tuning stability. With a stiffer frame, the tuning stability has gone from excellent to truly exceptional, a benefit that any dulcimer player will appreciate wholeheartedly.

Note: If you think you might want dampers, we'd encourage you to consider ordering them along with your instrument. On the Chromatic Series dulcimers, the dampers are complicated enough that they require custom fitting for each instrument to make sure they function well. It is possible to install them later, but it will require shipping your dulcimer to the Dusty Strings shop in Seattle.

Included: Hi-quality padded case, gooseneck tuning wrench and large double-sided hammers.

  • 3¾ octaves overall range
  • 3½ octaves chromatic range
  • solid sapele soundboard and back
  • traditional 5th-interval tuning
  • 16/15 configuration with an 8-course super bass bridge
  • reinforced with carbon fiber for stability


**Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for the order to ship**


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