We have been working on this for a year, and it is now ready! All electric hammered dulcimer with second generation sensors in the side rods. The dampers are Cimbalom style. They are ON until you depress the pedal to lift them OFF the strings. Much more sensitive and intuitive than the regular American type hammered dulcimer dampers.
Check out the video!
There is a world of beautiful sounds out there to explore that can only be made by a hammered dulcimer. The key of course is what you run the dulcimer through, and your understanding. In the video, I am using a Marshall tube amp on only the clean channel along with several guitar effects, but you can do this other ways. A modeling amp with all the effects built in would work great as would an all in one multi effects processor and a basic amp. All this and more can also be done in the computer with no amp or effects. Many basic amps also have the most useful effects built in, reverb, chorus and delay are in many amps, so you plug the preamp straight in to the amp and have much of this.
We are ready to start selling these, starting at $1500.00 for dulcimer plus case, hammers, tuning wrench and tuning diagram. If you don't already have a good mono preamp, we can also supply you with the LR Baggs Paracoustic DI that I highly recommend. This dulcimer is Cherry and Maple, but we can do them in most any wood. If you are interested or have any questions whatever, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or just give us a call. 563-571-5296