Glenn Morgan Hammered Dulcimers and Fishbite Recordings
Glenn MorganHammered Dulcimersand Fishbite Recordings

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MasterWorks Dulcimer Price List

 

 

MASTER WORKS builds a variety of dulcimer models to suit most everyone’s needs.  Student dulcimers (plywood and solid tops), full-sized instruments (Rosewood bridges and hand-picked Mahogany tops tapered to reduce stiffness and mass), chromatics (for those pushing beyond the traditional diatonic norms of the musical past), special editions (even lighter and more responsive due to honeycombed interiors and combinations of lighter woods in its structure) with all the bells and whistles I would want in my personal instrument, sopranos: pint-sized reductions that take the concept of dulcimer portability and stability to a completely new level.

 

Dulcimers:

 

Soprano 16/15 $599.

 

Product Description

  • Sweet, clear tone

  • 16 treble & 15 bass courses

(tuned just like a standard 16-15 only one octave higher)

  • Over 3 octave range; 1 3/4 octave fully chromatic

  • Approximately 6 1/2 lbs.

  • Solid Vertical Grain soundboard of Spruce or Mahogany

  • Maple bridges standard

  • Walnut or Mahogany endrails standard

  • Only 31” wide

  • Low Maintenance

  • Portable – small and light

  • A great second instrument!

 

 

15/14 Sapelli Pioneer Package $799.00


This is the same great instrument as the regular Pioneer but with a wonderful advantage. Instead of a 3/8 inch laminated Birch soundboard, it has been replaced with gorgeous solid vertical grain Sapelli wood. Sapelli is known to be very similar to Mahogany. It is somewhat harder and heavier than Mahogany but much more readily available and easy to work. It is consistent in color and grain and looks great left natural with a lacquer finish. The entire instrument can also be stained brown or cranberry all over providing a stark contrast between the strings and the soundboard. This soundboard is also tapered like the regular Pioneer. For just a bit more of an investment, get an instrument that sounds much better to start with and will improve over time more so than a laminated top.

The Pioneer Package includes, instrument, light weight case, sit-down x-brace stand, student hammers, electronic tuner, tuning wrench, and an Understanding and Fine Tuning Booklet.

 

15/14 Pioneer laminate top 719.00.

We recommend upgrading to the Sapelli Pioneer. Long after the minor price difference is forgotten, you will continue to appreciate the great sound the solid wood soundboard gives.

 

Master Works 15/14 (Full-Size)Custom

Hammer Dulcimer Package              $899.00


Product Description

  • 15 treble & 14 bass courses

  • Over 3 octave range; 1 3/4 octave fully chromatic

  • Harrison Rose inlays standard

  • Approximately 11 1/2 lbs.

  • Vertical grain Mahogany soundboard

  • Rosewood bridges standard

  • Walnut or Cherry endrails standard

  • Same bridges, braces and soundboard as the 16-15

  • Extensively tapered soundboard & bracing totally unique to a Master Works instrument!

  • Sounds almost as good as a 16-15!

  • Package includes X-brace stand, case, tuner, tuning wrench and student hammers

Additional Options

Soundboard

Mahogany (Most Popular!), Spruce (+$50), Cedar (+$50)

Bridge Wood

Rosewood (Most Popular! Fuller & Mellower), Cherry (Brighter, lowest sustain), Maple (Brighter, lower sustain)

Standard Endrails

Walnut (Most Popular!), Cherry

Stain

Natural (No stain), Red (+$100), Brown (+$100), Black (+$100)

 

One can also substitute Cherry or Maple for the Rosewood in the low-sustain bridge option. On instruments with standard laminated birch-ply backs (15/14, 16/15, 16/15c), a solid Mahogany or Sugar Pine back can be substituted for $125.00. Add a case, extra hammers, or choose a different soundhole inlay design for only $40.00.

 

MasterWorks 16/16 and 16/15c (Chromatic) Hammered Dulcimer from $1,199.


Product Description

  • Approximately 14 lbs

  • Standard Walnut or Cherry Endrails

  • Mahogany soundboard with laminated birch back

  • 16 treble & 15 bass courses

  • Harrison Rose Inlays

  • Over 3 octave range; 1 3/4 octave chromatic (16-15)

  • Chromatic option adds 7 missing notes making it fully chromatic over 3 octaves

  • Extra slots along the edge of the soundboard to make it more vibrant

  • Extensively tapered soundboard & bracing unique to a Master Works instrument!

Additional Options

Soundboard

Mahogany (Most Popular!), Spruce (+$50), Cedar (+$50)

Standard Endrails

Walnut (Most Popular!), Cherry

Exotic Endrails

Bocote, Birdseye Maple, Bubinga, Curly Oak, Figured Maple, Figured Walnut, Granadillo, Koa, Lacewood, Paduk, Purpleheart, Quilted Maple, Redheart, Zebrawood, Zircote (+$1-200.00)

Bridge Wood

Rosewood (Most Popular! Fuller & Mellower), Cherry (Brighter, lowest sustain), Maple (Brighter, lower sustain)

Stain

Natural (No stain), Red (+$100), Brown (+$100), Black (+$100)

Chromatic Option

No, Yes (+$200)

Dampers

No Dampers, Walnut (+$699), Curly Maple (+$749), Rosewood (+$849)


Wound Strings can be substituted on the lower range for $3./ each -- typically 5-7 pairs, depending on chromatics or not, and one's personal preferences. Strings are custom wound based on planned location, so talk with Glenn and he'll get the right ones installed.

 

One can also substitute Cherry or Maple for the Rosewood in the low-sustain bridge option. On instruments with standard laminated birch-ply backs (15/14, 16/15, 16/15c), a solid Mahogany or Sugar Pine back can be substituted for $125.00. Add a case, extra hammers, or choose a different soundhole inlay design for only $40.00.

 

 

MasterWorks 16/15 or 16/15c Bantam Weight from $1399.

Product Description

  • Your choice of walnut or cherry endrails

  • Thin Mahogany back for a lighter weight instrument and a deeper, louder voice

  • Honeycombed and thinned internal endrails and thinned external endrails which reduce weight and produce more vibrant, active plates

  • Separated bridge caps to control sustain

  • Amazing weight of only 12 1/2 lbs.!

Additional Options

Soundboard

Mahogany (Most Popular!), Spruce (+$50), Cedar (+$50)

Standard Endrails

Walnut (Most Popular!), Cherry

Exotic Endrails

Bocote, Birdseye Maple, Bubinga, Curly Oak, Figured Maple, Figured Walnut, Granadillo, Koa, Lacewood, Paduk, Purpleheart, Quilted Maple, Redheart, Zebrawood, Zircote (+$100-200.00)

Bridge Wood

Rosewood (Most Popular! Fuller & Mellower), Cherry (Brighter, lowest sustain), Maple (Brighter, lower sustain)

Stain

Natural (No stain), Red (+$100), Brown (+$100), Black (+$100)

Chromatic Option

No, Yes (+$200)

Dampers

No Dampers, Walnut (+$699), Curly Maple (+$749), Rosewood (+$849)

 

Russell Cook Edition 16/16c Hammered Dulcimer from $2,199.

What would I put in my dream instrument (which I play every day)?

  • Start with a 16/15 Ultralight

  • An extra 16th bass course which allows me to have a low C, D, G or A

  • Scalloped bridges which lightens them and makes them more flexible

  • Rosewood bridges which produce a rich mellow tone

  • Chromatic option

  • Redwood stripped into the soundboard to add just a touch of it’s attitude and tone

  • Redwood braces to amplify the effects of Redwood in the soundboard

  • Mahogany back to amplify and deepen tone

  • Redwood stripped into the back to amplify the effects of Redwood in the soundboard

  • Thinned and honeycombed internal endrails to lighten the instrument AND to create an extension of the soundboard thus making them musical rather than just structural

  • Note honeycombing technique in photo gallery

  • Thinned and tapered external endrails for the same reasons as the internal endrails

  • Dark stained top to visually aid seeing the strings in unusual or poor lighting

  • Extra slots along the edge of the soundboard to make it more vibrant

  • Separated bridge caps (Delrin) to help control sustain

  • Exotic wood in the endrails (my personal favorite!)

  • Wound Strings on lower end

  • Special sound hole inlays, exclusive to the Russell Cook Edition

Does it all make a difference and is it worth the trouble, time, and cost of doing it? I sincerely believe it does. If you want all you can get out of your once in a life-time instrument, this instrument is for you–I wouldn’t have anything else for myself.

Additional Options

Bridge Type

Normal Sustain, Low Sustain

Exotic Endrails

Bocote, Birdseye Maple, Bubinga, Curly Oak, Figured Maple, Figured Walnut, Granadillo, Koa, Lacewood, Paduk, Purpleheart, Quilted Maple, Redheart, Zebrawood, Zircote

Stain

Red, Brown, Black, Cranberry, Red Brown, Red Black

Pinblocks

Maple, Curly Maple ($+100)

Dampers

No Dampers, Walnut (+$699), Curly Maple (+$749), Rosewood (+$849)

Extended Range

7-note bridge: $300. 15-notes: $500.

 

 

AND A FEW OTHER POSSIBILITIES:

 

Russell can also decorate the soundboard with bindings ($150. up, depending on material), epoxy seal the inside of the instrument ($150.), separate the bridge caps to reduce sustain ($50.), substitute other designs of the soundhole inlay ($40.): instead of the lovely Harrison Rose, one may prefer a Doiley or Shamrock design, or Maple Leaf, Bubble or King of Kings pattern.

Glenn's Performance Schedule

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JULY, 2017

 

PIER 39

San Francisco, CA

Schedule website:

http://www.pier39.com

 

Wednesday, July12

sets 11:30-4:30pm

 

Saturday, July 15

sets 11:30-4:30pm

 

Sunday, July 16

sets 11:30-4:30pm

 

Monday, July 17

sets 11:30-4:30pm

 

CANTERBURY RENAISSANCE FAIRE

Silverton, OR

opening weekend only

July 22-23, 2017

canterburyfaire.com

 

 

 

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