Hammered Dulcimer Prices and Ordering Information
Most people these days start out with 15/14s or 16/15s with the wider 1" string spacing which is better for beginners. You have a little less need for the more precise hits that 7/8" string spacing requires. Whether you chose a Custom or a Student Model is a function of how much money you are willing to spend and whether you are absolutely sure they want to pursue playing the hammered dulcimer. My Student models have a fine sound. They are a little brighter than a Custom model, don't have all the fancy extras but are laid out exactly the same. I also of course have a trade-in policy which means that you are always guaranteed 75% of whatever you paid for the instrument towards trade-up on a custom model later.
Visiting my shop
You are always welcome to visit my shop to try out any of my instruments. Just call or send an   E-mail  with a date and time you'd like to stop by. Evenings and weekends are possible but obviously need to be scheduled. I do have a small showroom and try to keep the instruments in tune. It helps to specify the size you are interested in. That way I can make sure that size is ready.
Ordering Process
1) Decide on the size instrument you want and specify the string spacing.

2) Decide whether you'd like a Custom instrument or a Student Model

3) Check to see one of my instruments listed in current stock, either new or used would fit your needs

2) If you decide to order a Custom instrument, select the woods you'd like for the soundboard, frame, pin panels, trim/binding, bridges, and dampers

3) Decide what soundboard color you'd like

4) Decide whether you'd like a custom sound hole design or one of mine

5) Choose which accessories you are going to need; stand, case, electronic tuner, extra strings, pickup, instructional material, dampers

6) Send your wood choices via email or give me a call to get some feedback as to whether your choices will work together

7) Once you've got your choices made, send an order form with a $200 deposit. The balance will be due when the instrument is complete

All my hammered dulcimers come with your choice of playing hammers, tuning wrench (T-style), a comprehensive owner's manual and a 5 year warranty. More specific ordering information is below this price list.

Used Dulcimers

Shipping Charges

Prices - Custom Traditional Chromatic and Standard Hammered Dulcimers
Custom Performance 4/19/21/9 (7/8" string spacing) ---$1800

Custom Performance 4/19/18/9 (1" string spacing) ---$1800

Custom Performance 3/16/18/9 (7/8" or 1"string spacing) ---$1600 (7/8") $1700 (1")

Custom Small Chromatic 3/16/15/8 (1" string spacing) ------ $1550

Custom Travel Chromatic 3/16/15/8 (7/8" string spacing).... $1550

Custom Chromatic 3/17/17 (7/8"string spacing) --------$1150

Custom Chromatic 16/15 (I offer these with either 1" or 7/8" string spacing. The 16/15 with 1" spacing is build on a 15/14 1" size body, the 16/15 with 7/8" spacing is built on a 3/16/15/8 Travel Chromatic size body.) --- $950

Custom Travel 3/13/12 (7/8" string spacing) -------------$700

Custom 15/14 (7/8" or 1" string spacing) ---$750 (7/8"), $850 (1")

Custom 12/11 (7/8" or 1" string spacing) ---$550 (7/8"), $575 (1")

Custom 9/9 (1" string spacing) ---$500

Shipping Charges

Prices - Linear Chromatics

Custom Linear Chromatic (tm) 10/19/18/8 with either the Standard or Piano style marking (these two marking styles only available for the Linear Chromatics) 7/8" string spacing is $1750, 1" string spacing is $1850. I also am offering a slight variation on this instrument; a 11/19/18/7. Click here to see a tuning scheme (with piano marking) for this option.

I now also offer the Flipped Custom Linear Chromatic (tm) 7/18/19/11 with either Standard or Piano style marking, 7/8" or 1" string spacing. (Read more about this version here)

Custom 10/14/13 Linear Chromatic $1150 (1" or 7/8" string spacing) with either the Standard or Piano style marking

Student 10/14/13 Linear Chromatic $850 (1" or 7/8" string spacing) with either the Standard or Piano style marking

Prices - Tsimbls
Student 13/12 Tsimbl----------------$625 (1" string spacing)

Custom 13/12 Tsimbl ---------------$925 (1" string spacing)
Custom 18/17 Tsimbl----------------$1500 (1" string spacing) (more info here)

Prices - Indian Santoor

Custom 16/15 Indian Santoor with continuous bridge ................$1600 (1 3/8" string spacing) ......with chessman style bridges $1800 (more info here)
Prices - Student Models
Student 16/15--------------------------$650 (1" string spacing)
Student 15/14--------------------------$550 (1" string spacing) $450 (7/8" string spacing)
Student 12/11--------------------------$375 (1" string spacing)
Student 13/12--------------------------$375 (7/8" string spacing)

Shipping Charges
Instrument Extras:
Special woods on frame (Curly and Birdseye Maple, Ribbon Striped Mahogany, other exotic woods) ---------------$75

Special woods on bridges (Rosewood, Cocobolo, Cardinalwood etc)--------------$50 - $150 depending on the size of the instrument and the wood.

Any bridge wood painted black----------------------$35

Satin Black, Maroon, Forest Green, or Stained Top ------------$75

Custom Soundhole ---------------------$75 (minimum)

Abalone insert in top binding ----------------- $300

Abalone rim around sound hole ------------$75

Some of the Accessories: more accessories
Dusty Strings Tri-stander or Flat-stander Support System -- $315 (price includes installation) + $12 shipping

Finished wooden adjustable stand (walnut, cherry or maple) ---- $245 shipping

Scissors Stands (sit-down or stand-up) --- $75

Commercial Soft Case -----------------$135

EXPO Flight Case..............................$275 - shipping $45
Extra Playing Hammers---------------- $30 --- $3
Dampers -----------------------------------Style 1 - $400, Style 2 - $275

T- Wrench ------------------------------$16 - $3
Gooseneck Wrench ----------------$22 - $3

Internal Piezo Pick Up ----------------------------$125 installed

Acoustic/Electric Conversion - Installation of strip magnetic pickups and replacement of all phosphor bronze solid and wound strings with steel and stainless steel wound on a 10/19/18/8 LC would add $850 to the base cost of the instrument. Contact me for other size dulcimers.

Replacement Strings

Other Hammered Dulcimer Accessories
It is difficult to get away with just buying an instrument. You need a stand, a case, instructional material and maybe an electronic tuner to help you deal with tuning all those strings. Click on accessoriess for a linked list to what I have available. If you have any other recommendations as to what else I should carry let me know. If it can be shipped with the instrument, shipping is free.
Trade in policy

All instruments purchased from me may be traded in on larger instruments. I allow 75% of what you paid for the instrument and your case towards a larger hammer dulcimer. Trading your dulcimer in towards other instruments is not guaranteed but sometimes possible. Contact me

Ordering Information

All instruments will be ready in 10/12 weeks after receipt of a $200 non-refundable deposit (unless notified otherwise). The balance is due before shipment via insured UPS. The deposit is required before work begins. Checks are payable to James Jones Instruments. I prefer checks or money orders. I can accept credit card payments although I would just as soon not share my profits with banks. It costs me 3%. All orders are confirmed by regular or e-mail. If you are seriously interested in one of my hammer dulcimers and have questions please e-mail or call (540) 586-6319, weekends and early evenings are OK. If you don't get a response from email please try again as sometimes my junk mail filter might get you.

If you don't see a configuration that fits your needs please contact me. I am a custom builder and am able to modifiy existing models or create whole new ones.

Many of you are interested in photos of the process of building your instrument. I appreciate the desire but I'm a one man shop usually working on multiple instruments at once. I'm lucky if I can keep up with just the instrument making much less trying to take photos of each one and get them to you so please don't ask.

I try to have some completed or nearly completed instruments on hand for immediate purchase. Check out my listings of current stock. If you're in a hurry, you can use a credit card or Paypal.

All instruments are guaranteed for 5 years against defects of construction and materials for the original owner and come with a set of playing hammers (your choice), tuning wrench and a comprehensive owner's manual.

I also guarantee satisfaction. Customer Comments. If for some reason you are not satisfied with your instrument you may return it for either a refund or I'll make you another instrument. You are just liable for the shipping charges. You have one week to make that determination.

Remember all instruments may be traded in to receive 75% of whatever you paid towards another model. If you want to trade one in, let me know what you'd like to order, your intention to trade-in and of course the $200 deposit. I'll ship you your new instrument and you can send the old one back in the same box.

I would enjoy working with you to provide the quality musical instrument you are seeking.

Look forward to hearing from you

International Shipping
I can ship instruments anywhere in the world as long as you are willing to pay the extra for shipping. There are 3 options for shipping. The United States Postal Service is slow (6-10 days) but the least expensive. The Postal Service will work for the smaller hammered dulcimers up to my 15/14 with 1" string spacing. With current rates the Postal Service would charge around $200 to Europe but has a maximum of $650 insurance. UPS, and FedEx are more expensive but faster. For example to ship a hammered dulcimer to Europe via UPS would cost around $575, to Great Britain around $525. Email me with your shipping address and the size instrument you are interested in to get a better estimate as to shipping costs. What I usually do is bill you for what I project the cost will be and than communicate with you later if the actual cost was more or less. I do expect that all shipping charges will be paid by the purchaser. Do be prepared for the extra cost of duties in your country.

Currently the easiest method of payment for overseas purchases is through my ordering page using either Paypal or credit card payments. Your order must be paid for before shipment. If you need help sorting out how to pay, contact me. I'm gaining experience as I am selling more instruments overseas these days. Remember the dollar is weak so my instruments are probably a good deal even with high shipping costs.