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LATEST NEWS - 1/4/22

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a healthy and happy 2022; keep playing music!


We are starting to assemble the bodies of the instruments on order but due to some unusually cold weather it is limiting the amount of time available to glue things together.  The next couple of weeks look promising for better shop conditions.

Thank you all for your patience!

 Emailing Blue Lion

We have been experiencing some problems with email delivery and are working to resolve the issue.  Emails are sometimes getting delivered to our mailbox two to four weeks after they were sent.  (Egads!)

If you have written us and not received a reply within two days please resend your email or give us a phone call


Our waitlist continues to grow and we are doing our best to get to your order as soon as we can.  

When it is nearing time to begin the next run we will be contacting our waitlisted customers in the order of the date they contacted us.  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.

  • We don't need specifics other than the model and wood choice for the back and sides, and if you want binding to put your name on the waitlist.  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.  44 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.


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. 


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.]

From Janita...

A good friend suggested I let you all know that I miss teaching and seeing all my friends from the various workshops.  Out here in the rural mountains of California's Central Coast the available internet service is not fast enough to support my participation in the online workshops. 

I've definitely not retired and in place of getting to teach I've been working on a lot of new music for whenever it is safe for us to work together in person.

Thank you all for the emails checking in on us and we wish you all the best.

Keep playing music and stay tuned!!!

Announcing ...



Hot off the press! Janita's latest tablature book is a collection of 32 songs arranged for three or four string bass dulcimer.  For more information go to the Books & Recordings page.

Trio and Quartet Ensembles for Mountain Dulcimer Players

A lovely collection of well-crafted ensemble pieces by Madeline MacNeil is now available through us.  Check it out! Maddie's Page

Blue Lion Cap

Blue Lion Cap

Check out the new Blue Lion cap! 

(currently out of stock)

Current Weather at Blue Lion



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