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RIZZETTA TUNE ARCHIVE: on the SHEET MUSIC page you will find most of my original music plus some traditional tunes and workshop class tunes, all in standard notation.

The next generation of Carbon Flex Shaft Hammers is now available. See the HAMMERS page.

I am offering for sale one of my favorite mountain dulcimers. It has been my personal performance dulcimer for a long time and was used on some classic recordings. It also won many awards at exhibitions and art shows. Check it out on the MOUNTAIN DULCIMERS page. The HAMMER DULCIMERS page now includes USED HAMMER DULCIMERS FOR SALE.

There are three new hammer dulcimer features to report, Super Bass bridges on left and right, Arch Back ultralight dulcimers, and dulcimer resonators.

Super Bass Left & Right: A long time ago I invented the third playing bridge to add extra low bass notes to traditional American dulcimers. This “Super Bass” third bridge has become a standard feature of the best dulcimers. It was generally placed on the left side of a dulcimer because it sounds better there and is structurally safer for the dulcimer. Some players have argued for placing the Super Bass bridge on the right for the convenience of playing some passages. Well, now you don’t have to choose. I’ve developed a way to add another bridge and play the Super Bass courses on both sides without compromising structure or tone. In fact, tone is more articulate. And yes, these courses work with dampers. The Super Bass Left and Right feature is available now on my dulcimers and has been introduced on the Dusty Strings D570 and D670 models. See tuning charts and more information on the HAMMER DULCIMERS page.

Arch Back Ultralight Dulcimers: By making dulcimers with curved, arching backs, it is possible to save a lot of weight while still having great tuning stability and tone. See the new page Hammer Dulcimers, Ultra Light.

Dulcimer Resonators: After experimenting with resonators for a long time, I’ve developed a universal one that works with any size hammer dulcimer. I will post information on the Hammer Dulcimer page when I starting build them to sell.

Dulcimer Fandango is my most recent CD. Uplifting compositions using the luscious tones of acoustic, carbon fiber hammer dulcimers on every cut. My carbon dulcimers are my favorites, and this is the first recording using them exclusively. Sound clips, CDs, and MP3 downloads are available at popular music websites and at: Rizzetta at CD Baby. Read more on the Recordings page.
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The Mountain Dulcimer page also has information on pickups and amplification.
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The old Carbon Fiber Instruments page has been retired and that information is now included in the pages on Mountain Dulcimers, Hammer Dulcimers, and Hammer Dulcimers Ultra Light.
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Moonlight On The River CD features mountain dulcimer on every cut. Sound clips, CDs, and downloads are available at popular music websites. Rizzetta at CD Baby. For the original Trapezoid: Trapezoid at CD Baby. See the Recordings page for all the Rizzetta CDs.

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See the Canoes & Kayaks page for a FREE and newly updated PDF on canoe and kayak flotation, rescue, and safety. You will also find a supplemental PDF on making kayak paddles. A new photo article, KEVLAR CANOE REPAIR PROJECT, is on repairing Kevlar, carbon, or fiberglass hulls. Also, the book CANOE AND KAYAK BUILDING THE LIGHT AND EASY WAY, available at bookstores and online, is helping home builders make their own ultra light weight canoes. See more on the Canoes & Kayaks page.
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 I like playing Native American flutes outdoors but don’t like exposing them to bad weather and rough use. So I make Native American-style flutes out of PVC for backpacking and canoe trips. They sound surprisingly nice. See the Flute page.
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2017 has been a surprisingly busy year with interesting projects that included more ultra-light Arch Back dulcimers and resonators that enhance the tone of hammer dulcimers. It’s not all work and no play; there has been time for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking in the mountains.

It was exciting to see how well the new Dusty Strings D670 and D570 dulcimers have been accepted. They are the culmination of a large R & D effort in collaboration with Ray Mooers at Dusty Strings.

It is time for a break. So, I will be away much of October canoeing in Montana along the Lewis and Clark route through the White Cliffs and Missouri Breaks area. It is a land I love and return to time after time. If I fail to answer messages quickly, that means I am still in the wilderness and beyond communications. Rest assured, I’ll answer ASAP when I return! Meanwhile, I hope your autumn will be as pleasant as mine!

Cheers,

Sam