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1995 Custom Dusty Strings D500 3/16/15 Mahogany/Maple with Case, Stand, Dust Cover, Hammers, Spare Strings, Chromatic Tuner & Wrench, Books

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  • City: McLean
  • State: Virginia
  • Zip/Postal Code: 22101
  • Listed: May 21, 2017 10:53 am
  • Expires: 723 days, 2 hours
1995 Custom Dusty Strings D500 3/16/15 Mahogany/Maple with Case, Stand, Dust Cover, Hammers, Spare Strings, Chromatic Tuner & Wrench, Books
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Dusty Strings D500 Hammered Dulcimer PLUS loads of extras.
Value over $3,700. Selling for $1,999.

Includes all this:

Dusty Strings Fully chromatic D500 hammered dulcimer
– Serial # 11378
– original 3/16/15 configuration
– 3 full octave range
– 3 course bridge
– solid mahogany soundboard (preferred sound by many over
their newer models made of sapele)
– custom black finish
– curly maple rails and binding.

Also included is a padded case, custom dust cover, solid maple 2010 adjustable-height folding stand by String Fever Music, two sets of padded single-side hammers, 9 spare strings, KORG chromatic tuner, gooseneck tuning wrench, and 3 dulcimer books in excellent condition.

This is a beautiful and beautiful-sounding instrument, but if you are interested in adding dampers, then this is NOT the hammered dulcimer for you, because it is the original D500 design that does not have enough space around the tuning pins to add dampers.

I am limited here in terms of space and # of photos, but if you’d like to see more photos and a string chart for this hammered dulcimer, they can be found here at Everything Dulcimer: http://bit.ly/2qIakBW



This instrument was built by Dusty Strings in 1995. I am not the original owner. We purchased it in 2010 from a music professor who performed with it professionally, but was having a new, bigger Dusty Strings dulcimer built for him with a 4+ octave range. He played this instrument for years in avant garde concerts. You can see and hear it in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgNsM3GiH50


It is in excellent condition. Any worn strings have been replaced. It’s been well cared for, played only indoors. The instrument has been kept on it’s stand, with the dust cover on it, with the case only used for transportation. It has been kept away from direct sun, in a tight, smoke-free home with baseboard heating and humidity in the 35-37% range.

The only blemish of any consequence is on the back/bottom of the instrument, where there are some scratch marks in the center. Those were there when we purchased it. There is a close-up photo of the scratches in the listing at Everything Dulcimer: http://bit.ly/2qIakBW (sorry I was limited to 8 photos on this site).

The really high C sharp and E flat strings tend to be hard to keep in tune.


I am selling on behalf of my son, who is the musician. He has a remarkable ear and loves the sound of this particular instrument (he played dozens of dulcimers before selecting this one), but he has moved away, was not playing much anymore, and could use the money. We also agreed that this instrument deserves to be played and heard.


Bottom rail: 45 inches
Top rail: 18 inches
Height: 20 inches
Thickness: 4 inches
Weight: approx. 18 pounds

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