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Prices, Terms and Cases

Ben Seymour, Luthier
2142 Coxe Rd., Tryon, NC 28782-7773
(828) 863-4384  kudzupatch@gmail.com

Updated June 30, 2017
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All Kudzu Patch products are the handiwork of Ben Seymour, made one by one in the centuries-old tradition of the luthier's art. Ben takes pride in the quality and value inherent in careful crafting of his products, and gives careful attention to the beauty and integrity of each instrument's structure and the resulting purity of its sound. In addition to his lutherie, he is responsible for some household tasks, as his wife works outside the home full-time. 

Please realize that instant instrument gratification is not possible; however, the patience of Ben's customers is always rewarded with a beautiful, unique, and finely-crafted instrument.

An order placed now can be expected to be filled in approximately nine months. Thank you for your patience!

Instrument Construction
Your instrument will be made with readily available woods (i.e., cherry, poplar, sycamore or walnut) or with exotic woods, upon request.  All instruments are finished with nitrocellulose semi-gloss lacquer.

One-half non-refundable down payment is required to purchase necessary supplies and begin construction. The remainder is due upon pickup or previous to delivery. Shipping charges for one instrument average $35-40 in the contiguous United States, although costs can vary depending on location and other factors.

Kudzu Patch Productions warrants to the original purchaser only that the Kudzu Patch musical instrument purchased shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for as long as the instrument is owned by the original purchaser, and until the ownership of the instrument is transferred to another. This warranty does not include tuners, strings, or pickups.

To place an order or obtain other information, please contact:
Ben Seymour, luthier
2142 Coxe Rd., Tryon, NC 28782-7773
(828) 863-4384 

Instrument Prices
Prices shown are effective on orders placed April 25, 2015 and after.

Click the linked headings to view information and photographs of particular instruments.  

Kudzu Patch Dulcimers
Vibrating String Length (VSL) for Short is 26 1/2"; VSL for Long is 28 1/4".
Will create any other VSL within reason upon request.


Standard or Baritone (Short or Long)  $ 850

Jazz model (VSL 23 7/16"):
   - four strings
   - five strings
   - "S" shape (four or five strings)
Babydoll (VSL 23 7/16")
M.O.D.E. Dulcimer
Hawai'ian style

$ 850
$ 900
$ 975
$ 800
$ 1000
$ 1500
$ 1500

Kudzu Patch Galax Dulcimers  (VSL 26 15/16")
- with false back
- without false back
$ 900
$ 850

Gaskins/Melton Style Galax Dulcimers  (VSL 26 15/16")
- with false back
- without false back
$ 950

The following options are available for any dulcimer upon request, as listed:

  • Six-and-a-half fret
  • Choice of wooden or mechanical pegs
  • Scrolled headpiece, $70*
  • Planetary tuners, $100
  • False back, $50 except hourglass shapes, $70
  • Ebony fretboard, $60
  • Rosewood fretboard, $50
(*Standard for Galax-style dulcimers at no additional charge)
Antecedents (base price)
Scheitholt (Bens' standard model)
Mercer Museum Reproduction Scheitholt
Epinette Des Voges
$ 1000
$ 900
$ 900

Custom and Repair Work
I will be glad to discuss any special work you are interested in.  Prices will depend, of course, on cost of materials and amount of labor required for the job.

Shipping costs now average $35-40 per instrument.

Instrument Cases

Standard Dulcimer Case    $50
Side wall style, durable, heavy duty nylon case with 3/4" thick padding, plush lined. Includes hand grip, backpacker straps and large exterior zippered storage pocket. For one instrument up to 39" long and 9" wide.

        Instrument case             Instrument case

Custom Galax Case    $55
Ben has these cases custom-made for his Galax dulcimers. They are plush-lined to pamper your Galax. Measures 37" long by 9" wide by 5 1/4" deep.

        Galax case             Galax case

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