Thomann Europe Dulcimer D1211



  • Laminated spruce top
  • Laminated lime back
  • Neck and sides made of maple
  • Nut width: about 3.2 cm
  • Scale: about 61.5 cm
  • Bottom width: about 15.8 cm
  • Body length: about 67.3 cm
  • Total length: approximately 76.5 cm
  • Height including Bridge: approx. 7 cm
  • Body height: about 4.8 cm
  • Tuning: d, a, d ', d'
  • Dimensions: 78 x 16 x 7 cm
  • Incl. bag
available since December 2007
Item number 138895
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Instrument Dulcimer
number of strings 4
Tuning d a d´d´
comes with tuning-key No
comes with bag Yes
incl. Feets No
incl. Stand No
tuning d, a, d', d'
scale-length 615 mm
top laminated spruce
back laminated basswood
gigbag included 1
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A mixed bag!
Sheffield UK 15.02.2022
Positives first.
For its size and the fact it is made from laminated wood it has a good bright airy sound and a surprising amount of sustain. It s a good size starter instrument for a child or for travelling.

The negatives.
It will not stay in tune!
The machine heads appear to be of reasonable quality, but the bridge and nut material are not fit for purpose. The plastic is soft and the strings cut their own groove. Each time one tunes it they cut a little deeper, eventually, this will affect the height of the action and playability.
I have replaced the bridge with a piece of acrylic plastic from a ruler! Tuning is now stable and the sound has improved on the original set up.
Hora (the makers) need to improve their quality control. There was a crusty lump of finish (shellac) now polished out on the left side of the body which had gone unnoticed when it was packed, although there was an unsigned QC certificate was enclosed!
Perhaps Thomann staff should check the instruments before sending them out. And the buyers “kick ass” at Hora about the quality of finish and materials. After all it is Thomann’s reputation that is on the line.


Dulcimer D1211
David3411 30.12.2013
For the price, it lived up to my expectations, which were, a beginners instrument, something on which a basic taste would be given and if the promise showed in the playing a more expensive model could be purchased. Well put together, and a good sound. The bottom end (bass part) played well, the higher notes did not ring out clearly, but the sense of the drone was overall good. Basically a nice instrument not for the experienced Dulcimer player, however, the price reflects that. I was satisfied with the product.


Perfect for someone curious!
Brendogfox 29.12.2020
This is an instrument I've wanted to try for years, but it was hard to find a mountain dulcimer that was low enough in price that I was willing to go in on it as a hobbyist. With this, it's been so worth it!

This dulcimer has a bright lovely sound, the finish is clean, the strings stay in tune and the chords stay in tune all the way to the upper frets - which surprised me for such a low price. This feels and sounds like a good instrument. But more importantly, it's all I need to have some fun!

If you were serious about learning the dulcimer, I feel pretty confident in saying this would be perfectly decent to begin your lessons.... like with any instrument, if you decide later you've grown out of it and want better quality, you can always upgrade once you're ready.


First go at playing a Dulcimer
Mark2784 13.02.2015
I'm not too sure what to expect when playing a Dulcimer as this is my first one, and I haven't played any others since.

But it's fun to play and quite easy to put together some interesting sounds. Takes a bit of getting used to frets that are just for the notes in a scale, but that difference is part of it's appeal.

For the price I could not expect an incredibly high quality level, but at it's price level it seems excellent value. It's solid enough and plays in tune. It did benefit from new strings, but that's the case with so many stringed musical instruments when bought.

Certainly a good choice for testing the waters and trying out a Dulcimer at a beginners level.