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Update: 8/25/20

We've had many friends and customers inquire as to our location and safety in relation to the massive wildfires in our state; we are a safe distance from all of them (at least for now) and in no danger from anything other than smoke.

As we all know, this has been an "interesting" year to say the least.  We are doing well and are fortunate that our home and Blue Lion's shop are situated well away from town (and civilization!) and, as such, it is pretty easy for us to socially distance.  

We greatly appreciate all the emails our customers have sent checking in on us and we wish you all the best.

Keep playing music!

Blue Lion Dulcimer String Sets

We have just been notified by the manufacturer that our loop end strings are currently not available due to the factory being partially shut down because of the COVID-19 virus.  This includes our Blue Lion Standard, Four Equidistant and Six String Loop End sets.  As soon as we have them back in stock I'll update this notice, and we hope that will be soon.

Ball end string sets are still available on our Accessories page.


We finished up the spring run and got the instruments on their way via UPS to our wonderfully patient customers.  I'll be contacting those on our waitlist about the next run of instruments soon.  We are going to take a couple of weeks to do some much need shop maintenance before we begin the next batch of dulcimers.

As promised, we are contacting our waitlisted customers by chronological order of the date they contacted us.  As of this update, it looks like almost everyone on the current waitlist will be scheduled for a run sometime in 2020. If your email address may have changed in the last year please send us an email with the new contact information so we can still get in touch with you.

Thank you all for being so gracious and patient.


  • We don't need specifics other than the model and wood choice for the back and sides, and if you want binding.  That tells us enough to allocate a slot for your order in a specific run.

  • If we hear of a used Blue Lion available for sale that is similar to what you are looking for we can forward you the details if you are hoping to get an instrument sooner than later.

Rumors notwithstanding, we have neither the desire nor intention of retiring any time soon so rest assured Blue Lion is NOT closing its doors.  We are still building dulcimers and plan to keep on as long as we can; we are just not able to build as many or build them as quickly as we used to.  43 years of building guitars and dulcimers have taken their toll on our joints!

We thank you for your understanding and patience; as soon as we know more we'll post updates on this page.


If you are shopping for a gift we're now happy to offer you the option of a gift certificate. You can fill it in for a dulcimer or any of our accessories, books or cd's or let the lucky recipient decide just how to spend it.

Click here to download a pdf file for a Blue Lion Gift Certificate. [Note: this is a printable certificate and has no monetary value – downloading the file will not incur a charge. You can fill in the amount and details as you like.]



Madeline MacNeil

We first met Maddie at a music festival in Southern California in the late l970's and instantly became friends; over the years our friendship grew and we have been so fortunate to have been close friends for over forty years.

It is no overstatement to say Maddie's passing is a huge loss to the music community and to the world in general; she was one of the very best people we have ever known.  Maddie was exceptionally kind, witty, generous, gracious, caring and loving, and shared her voice and her music with love and joy.

To honor her memory, play or sing a song, share your music with others and remember to be kind.  Be a good friend. Find joy in the simple things.

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We are now offering online sales for books, recordings and small accessories through PayPal. Please note that you do NOT need a PayPal account to place an order; you can use your VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit card as well.

Instruments are not available for sale online (you must contact us by email or phone to place an order for a dulcimer or guitar).

Information about ordering online is included at the top of the Books & Recordings and the Accessories pages. 

*** CD SALE ***

All CD's are still on sale for $10.00. You can order them online and we'll get them shipped out asap! Click here to start shopping:  Books & Recordings


Articles are appearing in the media concerning the illegal harvesting and use of East Indian Rosewood and other exotic hardwood species.  We buy all of our rosewood and ebony through a licensed importer and as with all of the exotic woods we use at Blue Lion, our rosewood and ebony are CITES certified and legally imported.