Ordering Info



Style IStyle IIJean RitchieForce d'Ossché 6 StringBassBaritone6 String Bass Acoustic Jam Soprano

Bass Dulcimer & Baritone Dulcimer

Bass • Baritone • Six String Bass

(shown with "dark" Western red cedar top, walnut back and sides; strung with three strings per custom order)
click on photo for larger image


Rosewood BD 6
click on photo for larger image

We offer three styles of the Blue Lion bass dulcimer — the Bass (BD), the Baritone (BarD) and the 6 string Bass (BD6).

Our bass dulcimer was designed with the ensemble player in mind, and indeed the bass has proven itself in group situations as well as a lead solo instrument. The bass is tuned an octave lower than the standard dulcimer; all standard dulcimer tab may be played on the bass as the bass uses the same tunings.

The six string bass is set up with three courses of doubled octave strings and sounds very much like the dulcimer-equivalent of a twelve string guitar.

The baritone is usually tuned a fourth lower (AEAA), which puts it in the key of A; it can be capoed in the 3rd fret to play in the key of D, or can be retuned to reverse Ionian ADAA to play in the key of D.

All three models come standard with walnut back and sides.

Prices & Options

BD Bass - $695.00

BarD Baritone- $695.00

BD6 6 String Bass - $865.00



Sitka Spruce top..........$100.00

Back & sides wood options:

  • Figured cherry - $125.00
  • Curly maple - $100.00
  • East Indian Rosewood - $300.00

Bookmatched binding, purfling,  and matching tailpiece

  • $250.00 with rosewood body,
  • $285.00 with walnut, cherry or other custom wood selection body

Backstrip - $50.00 (currently available only with rosewood back and sides option)

Heart soundholes - $40.00

ƒ-Heart soundholes  - $150.00

Additional options: see Custom Options

Specifications for Bass or Baritone
Dimensions for Bass or Baritone
  • Bookmatched back and sides of solid walnut
  • Bookmatched Western red cedar top
  • Satin lacquer finish
  • Honduras mahogany fingerboard, rosewood overlay
  • Mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays
  • Ebony nut and saddle
  • Flat peghead; guitar style "mini" tuners

  • Scale length: 27 1/2"
  • Overall length: 37 3/4"
  • Overall height: 3"
  • Width: 8 1/4"
  • Depth of body: 2 3/8"
  • Width of fingerboard: 1 1/2"