Available for models D45, PD40, D300, D500, D550, D600 & D650 - however, Damper Kits are only available for the D45 and PD40. Contact us for installation of damper kits onto other dulcimers, or select them upon purchasing a new instrument!
As a sustain control device for the dulcimer, dampers provide a remarkable range of tonal effects, from the rich and complex natural voice of the undamped strings to a wonderful, wholly muted marimba-like tone with no sustain. The player can hold the pedal down for complete damping, or integrate light, quick taps to clear sustain between chord changes and to accentuate phrasing, giving tunes a sophisticated, articulate sound. Once experienced, people tell us they'd never go back to playing without dampers.
Low-profile damper bars, made of hardwood with custom-fit felts, are mounted on the dulcimer using U-shaped return springs. Durable, stretch-free cords running through the soundbox connect to the included pedal. An ingenious spooling device in the pedal easily adjusts the pedal cord length to fit any stand height. The whole setup fits inside our instrument cases and weighs about 2 lbs.
Dusty Strings D45s and PD40s are built to be "damper ready," which means all the holes are pre-drilled. The dampers can be installed by Dusty Strings when the instrument is ordered, or easily added later by the player. Included are complete instructions, pre-felted damper bars, and all necessary tools for installation in less than an hour.