Standard Hourglass

The Hourglass, though not the largest dulcimer in the Bear Meadow line, is nevertheless its standard-bearer.

A moderately priced instrument, its clear, sweet voice has plenty of acoustic punch for the performer and serious musician. It is often purchased as the primary concert performance instrument.

With its finely balanced voice, the hourglass is especially suited to the demands of advanced playing styles such as 4-string picking, chording, etc. It has volume and projection unusual in mountain dulcimers, and, of course, the great responsiveness of all Bear Meadow instruments: just a tap on the side is all it takes to set the strings singing.

Each Bear Meadow instrument features carved scrolls at the peghead and tail. These scrolls are all hand-carved without any machinery, and are one of our most cherished signatures on the instrument.


The back of the instrument is made of quarter-sawn, book-matched black walnut. A feature of Bear Meadow dulcimers are the three feet. This allows the instrument to be played easily on the table top without scratching or moving about uncontrolled.

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 Standard Hourglass go to the Music Selections Page.


  • Overall length: 37"
  • Overall height: 3"
  • Height of rib: 1-3/4"
  • width at minor bout: 5-1/8"
  • width at major bout: 7-1/4"
  • width at waist: 4"
  • Fretboard length (nut to tailpiece): 30-1/2"
  • 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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