Concert Teardrop

The Concert Teardrop is recent addition to the Bear Meadow Standard Series. A full-voiced instrument quite unlike its cousin, the Standard Teardrop.

The Concert Teardrop is a relative of the deeper Baby Grand, and it has a powerful voice. See this review of the student's model of the Concert Teardrop, by Thomas Wheat, who built one during his Apprenticeship at Bear Meadow.

Built on the same mold as the Baby Grand, it is slightly shallower in the rib, as in the Concert Hourglass. And like the Baby Grand, it is a full voiced instrument, with a well-developed range. The Concert Teardrop is unornamented, making it an excellent choice for performers or studio artists who do not desire the visual presence of the Baby Grand, yet want something of its voice.

The Concert Teardrop is similar to the unornamented concert-size teardrop sometimes built at my Dulcimer Building Class at the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium (called there the "Student's Concert Loon"), and in the Initiate Session of my Bear Meadow Apprentice Program.

The instrument features the Concert Series scroll head carving. The leaf motif in the Concert Series peghead is a recent development, funded by a generous commission for a recent client.

The Concert Series scroll tailpiece features ebony appointments: string pins set in an ebony bed, end cap, and a string bridle. The string bridle increases the break angle of the strings behind the bone saddle, opening up the voice considerably.

Please understand that if you have a preference in figure or other matters regarding the materials, it will be taken into account. But the voice and the luthier's aesthetics will govern the final choice of all materials.

To listen to the Concert Teardrop go to the Music Selections Page.


  • Overall length: 41"
  • Overall height: 3-1/8"
  • Height of rib: 1-7/8"
  • width at minor bout: 6"
  • width at major bout: 7-3/4"
  • width at waist: 4"
  • Fretboard length (nut to tailpiece): 34-1/4"
  • Vibrating string length: 27-5/8" (customizable to 26" or 26-7/8")


See the Ordering Page for ordering details.
See the Price List for price details.

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