Master Works DulciForte Hammered Dulcimer


Please contact Joshua for a price quote & free consultation before you buy.

Phone: 785.430.3490

For over 4 years, Joshua collaborated with Master Works to design this special 5-octave “DulciForte” hammered dulcimer.

Instrument Info

Ranges A1 – A6 – 5 total octaves
(Nearly 4.5 fully chromatic octaves)

Many players have requested it for years, and we are very proud to deliver the DulciForte. This highly anticipated, professional model is truly top-of-the-line in every way. For more than 4 years, we consulted with the world’s leading performers to create our best instrument. Most importantly, the DulciForte is about quality sound and playability. It is for those who want the best without compromise. The increased size, along with our unique design and techniques, creates a revolutionary instrument that is balanced, responsive, powerful, and pure. Once you hear it, you will understand! Like all Master Works instruments, the DulciForte is portable and only weighs approximately 18.5 pounds.

The DulciForte includes these features:
  • 20/20 XR configuration with a 5-octave chromatic range
  • Highly engineered Mahogany & Redwood soundboard to add a touch of attitude
  • Precisely designed pinblocks to reduce weight
  • Sustain of the lower range controlled by Dual-Response Bridges (Morado combined with Cherry)
  • Wound strings on lower courses
  • Beautiful, dark stained top, or natural finish
  • Curly Maple inlaid bridge markers
  • Exotic wood endrails
  • XR bass bridge available on either left or right side
  • Contrasting wood bindings on both endrails
  • Contrasting wood corner end cap trim
  • Internal sealant to improve stability in new environments and humidity changes
  • Playing precision and accuracy improved with slightly increased string spacing
  • Enhanced tuning stability and decreased weight achieved by adding carbon fiber to internal bracing
  • Elliptical sound holes, round upon request

Joshua Messick Designs

Wanderlust Design

  • Red brown stained soundboard
  • Stained dampers (shown in photos)
  • Optional Rosewood dampers ($100 upgrade)
  • Exclusive soundhole inlays with abalone
  • Premium Rosewood endrails
  • Curly Maple endrail bindings
  • Curly Maple pinblocks
  • JM double-sided hammers
  • T-tuning wrench
  • Instrument hand signed by Joshua Messick

Woodland Dance Design

Photos coming soon

  • Brown stained soundboard
  • Brown stained dampers
  • Exclusive soundhole inlays with abalone trim
  • Canarywood or premium Koa endrails ($100 upgrade, limited availability)
  • Wenge endrail bindings
  • Curly Maple pinblocks
  • JM double-sided hammers
  • T-tuning wrench
  • Instrument hand signed by Joshua Messick

Custom Design

For a custom design & quote, please contact Joshua

For custom orders, these upgrades are available:
  • Super exotic wood endrails
  • Schatten pickups & installation
  • Curly Maple pinblocks
  • Pinblock trim
  • Pinblock veneer
  • Stained back
  • Abalone endrail inlay
  • Abalone bridge marker inlay
  • Abalone soundhole inlay
  • Abalone damper inlay
  • Damper trim
  • Custom soundhole

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