The value of having a pickup in your dulcimer lies in the freedom it
gives you to play in a wide variety of situations. It works wonderfully
well on stage, but is also an easy way to "compete" with groups
of instruments such as guitars, banjos and hammered dulcimers in a jam.
Even a small, easily portable amplifier will give your dulcimer enough
presence to hold its own against louder instruments and you will have
the option of playing as loudly or as softly as you choose.
The pickup can be ordered with any new dulcimer. Retrofit installation
is available for all Blue Lion dulcimers and may be possible on
other brands as well; the limiting factor for instruments built by other
companies is the width of the fretboard (it must be 1 1/2") and the
position of the bridge relative to the tailblock of the instrument. In
order to be properly installed, the bridge must rest over the cavity of
the instrument, and not over the solid tail block at the tail end of the
instrument. If you have any questions about your specific instrument be
sure and check with us.