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Master Works Ultralight Hammered Dulcimer


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The Ultralight is a design Russell Cook started in 1983 after watching an older couple attempt to load their large 45 pound hammer dulcimer into the trunk of their automobile. After decades of fine tuning, Master Works has managed to get the weight of this cutting-edge instrument down to approximately 11 pounds!

“It is the most instrument for the dollar available on the market.”
Russell Cook, Owner Master Works

Range and Configurations

  • Ultralight (16/15) – Mostly chromatic from D3-E6
  • Ultralight Chromatic (16/15+5) – Fully chromatic from D3-E6
  • Ultralight Chromatic Extended Range (16/15+9) – Fully chromatic from D3-E6, and the lower range extends to a diatonic D2-G2

Materials and Design Technologies

  • Sipo soundboard
  • Morado bridges
  • Maple pinblocks
  • Choice tapered soundboard to improve vibration and response as well as reduce weight
  • Precisely designed pinblocks to reduce weight
  • Solid alder back to improve sound quality and reduce weight
  • Wound strings on lower courses


  • Cherry or walnut endrails
  • Natural soundboard finish. A brown or red/brown stained soundboard is a popular upgrade.

Comparison of Master Works Hammered Dulcimers | Presented by Joshua Messick & Russell Cook

  • Natural soundboard finish with cherry or walnut endrails
  • Brown soundboard stain with walnut endrails (+$149)
  • Red/brown soundboard stain with cherry endrails (+$149)

These custom options are available for an additional fee. Customization can also increase the build time of your instrument.

  • Stained soundboard
  • Internal sealant
  • Schatten internal pickups
  • Exotic wood endrails
  • Custom soundhole inlay

Instrument ships via UPS directly from the Master Works workshop in Oklahoma, USA.

A case is required for shipping to ensure the safety of the instrument. Customers who wish to buy without a case can order now and schedule a pick-up at the Master Works workshop.

The cost to ship the Ultralight within the continental U.S. is $139.

Please get in touch to place your order and receive a shipping estimate. Additional duties and taxes may apply.

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