Offered for sale:

Used 1993 Blue Lion Style 1C Mountain Dulcimer serial number 1943.

This dulcimer is in very good condition, plays well and sounds great. Cosmetically there are a few marks and scratches, nothing glaring except for a name written in marker on the back and another name scratched in the back of the peg head.


“Since 1977, Blue Lion has been offering acoustic guitars and mountain dulcimers of the highest quality. We pride ourselves on the level of craftsmanship and aesthetic style for which our instruments are known, and continually strive to perfect our craft.

We began building instruments in the mid-1970's; when Robert gave Janita a mountain dulcimer she fell in love with the instrument and she began using it on stage with their band. At that time, it was very difficult to find a high-quality mountain dulcimer (at least on the West Coast) that met performance standards. We were doing some instrument repair and inlay work for a local music shop, and it was a natural step to go from there to trying our hands at building. Janita and Robert built their first mountain dulcimer from scratch using walnut from Janita's grandad's Illinois farm.

From that point, Blue Lion became our business. We set up shop in the old garage and spent the first year or so building and modifying the prototype for what is now our Style II model. With great support from friends and family we were able to survive those first few years; it's not easy convincing folks that Californians can build a decent Appalachian folk instrument!

We have been blessed with great success and acceptance in the dulcimer community; while we initially expected to build guitars for a living, with an occasional dulcimer here and there, just the opposite has happened. We have built approximately 100 guitars since 1977 and over 4000 dulcimers.

Our instruments are not manufactured on an assembly line but are individually crafted by the two of us to the highest standards possible. We combine the best elements of traditional tools and equipment with modern high precision machinery to produce instruments of unsurpassed quality and excellence. We moved into our current shop building in l985 which allowed us to improve our production output. We build approximately150 dulcimers a year in production runs of 25 to 40 instruments per run.”

— Robert and Janita Baker

Imperial Guitar says:

This is a very nice instrument; Blue Lion no longer builds these in Cherry due to the cost. This could be yours!


The Style 1C dulcimer is built with bookmatched cherry back and sides and a Western red cedar soundboard and It features a partial scroll peghead.

Dimensions for Style 1C

Scale length 26 1/4"

Overall length 37"

Overall height 3"

Width at lower bout 7 1/4"

Depth of body 2 1/4"

Width of fingerboard 1 1/2"

Specifications for Style IC

Solid bookmatched cherry back and sides

Western red cedar top

Satin lacquer finish

Honduras mahogany fingerboard

Bookmatched partial scroll peghead

Schaller planetary geared tuners

Ebony nut and saddle

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available.

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Blue Lion
Very Good
24 Years
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
5:14 AM
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