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Folkcraft® Mountain Dulcimer String Set, MaxDAD (Standard/Bass Hybrid), Ball Ends (.012" .015" .024"RW .032"RW .054"RW)

Item Number 9111681

Regular price $19.00

This is the string set we use for building Folkcraft and FolkRoots 5-string MaxDAD® (standard/bass hybrid) dulcimers.

The first three strings (from the player side) are set up as a standard dulcimer. DAD tuning, in the normal range/octave. The far three strings (starting with the middle string of the 5-string set) are set up as a bass dulcimer. DAD tuning, but an octave lower than a standard dulcimer.

Strings in this set:
Melody string (high D): .012
Middle string (middle A): .015
Center string (low D): .024RW
Middle string (low A): .032RW
Bass string (really low D): .054RW

We've assembled the perfect string set for this setup. With the right balance of volume (choosing the gauges very carefully) and warmth/clarity - we use the brass wound (flattened with rollers) bass strings instead of the more-common (and slightly cheaper) bronze wound strings.

As an added benefit, the roller-wound brass strings (abbreviated RW) squeak less than regular strings, of course (since they're flattened a bit with rollers), but more importantly for this string set, they're made of a brass alloy (instead of the more commonly-found bronze alloy). 

Bronze tends to give a warmer tone quality, but brass, especially with baritone and bass strings, tends to provide the player with a LOT more clarity. The instrument isn't as "muddy", which is a common problem for baritone and bass dulcimers.


Customer Reviews

Based on 62 reviews
Tom Spina
max DAD string set

I've giving this set a 5-star because they are the same items (but different gauges) that I usually order in bulk. Have not yet started the build of my MaxDAD but I'm confident that this set of FolkCraft strings will perform past my expectations.

Oscar Stern
Finally adding a 4th string to the Baritone Dulcimer

I did switch back to the Original 4 String Baritone Dulcimer strings & to get the .013 Strings in the Treble position to ring clear enough, I had to extend the scale length by 5 extra inches from 29 inches to 34 inches. Thankfully these strings were actually made 3 feet longer than guitar strings.

Jim R.
New strings

New strings arrived on time, no issues. They sound great on my new (to me,) Warren May. Also, a new set of bass strings are performing as expected.

Joseph Trokey
Baritone strings

Trying these strings out on my old kit dulcimer. So far I really enjoy the sound I am getting.

Brad Richard
Top Quality

I bought these loop end strings to re-string my 45 year old dulcimer. They sound great.