Scratch & Dent Strings
Order includes wooden case. Special delivery required. Decorations may vary.
Please note: The decorations can vary from those photographed.
Accessories Included: Nylon gig bag and pick
Item overall: 33" L x 9.5" H x 14.5" W
Body/Bowl: 21" L x 9.5" H x 14.5" W
Body & Neck: The body and neck are made of padouk and mahogany wood and have a beautiful shiny finish. There is also an intricate design on bowl of oud with mother of pearl inserts.
Soundboard: The sound board is spruce and has 3 round sound holes with a decorative pattern around edge. Includes a sheesham pick guard at bottom that is used to prevent players from scratching the sound board.
Tuning: There are 2 strings per course, each tuned to the same pitch. We recommend using the Arabic method of tuning: DGADGC (D2,G2,A2,D3,G3,C4). The range is from D2 to C5.
Tuning Pegs/Levers: There are 12 sheesham pegs and 6 courses of strings, however, the maker of this oud only installs 11 strings. It is very popular in Cairo to play with only 11 strings; only one on the bass or 6th course.
Nut: Made from cattle-bone. Neck at Nut: 1.5" W; Nut: 1.5" W
Neck at Body Joint: 2.5" W
Bridge: Made from mahogany wood. Strings at Bridge: 3.5" W
Scale Length: 24"
Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in height and 12.25 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 2.12 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 2.62 inches in width
Nut: 2.12 inches in width
Strings at the Nut: 1.75 inches in width
Strings at Bridge: 3 inches in width
Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)
11 sheesham tuning pegs
G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2
Traditionally, mountain dulcimers had three, equally spaced, strings: a melody string, a middle string, and a bass string. Later developments created a 4-string dulcimer by changing the string spacing and doubling the melody string. Doubling the melody string created greater volume to the melody line. Contemporary dulcimers, such as ours, include extra notches on the nut to allow more personalized string patterns. The inside doubled melody string can be removed completely to revert to the traditional 3-string set-up. Or the Inside melody string and the middle string can both be moved over one notch to create an equal spacing between all four strings. Find the set-up that works best for you.
Neck at Nut: 1.25 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 1.25 inches in width
Nut: 1.25 inches in width, made from sheesham
Scale Length: 25.5 inches
4 tuning pegs/levers
18 Metal Frets (Including the 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 Frets)
This particular hammered dulcimer is a 12/11, which means there are 12 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 11 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. All together there are 23 courses made up of 2 strings each.
Accessories Included: One pair of two sided dulcimer hammers that have a leather pad on one side to create a softer sound. Both hammers are lacewood with sheesham trim. Also included is a tuning tool.Item overall: 34.5" L x 4" H x 14.5" WBody: Made of sheesham with opening in back that can be used as a carrying "handle."Soundboard: The soundboard crafted from light colored hardwood, species may vary from image and includes two sheesham rosettes over the sound holes. The rosettes feature an intricate vine and leaf pattern.Nut: There are 2 sheesham nuts and each are placed on sides of instrument. They are each 14.5."
Tuning Pegs/ Levers: Includes 46 metal tuning pegs threaded into body. End Pegs: There are 46 metal end pegs located opposite the tuning pegs.Bridge: The sheesham bridges have color coded saddles on top that help make instrument easier to play. For the recommended tuning, the distance from the left nut to 1st bridge at top should be 5.9" (150 mm) and the distance from the left nut to 1st bridge at bottom should be 10" (256 mm). Please see owner's guide for visual.
Tuning: The recommended tuning is the Traditional Fifth Interval. Please see owner's guide for tuning chart.Strings: This particular hammered dulcimer is a 12/11, which means there are 12 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 11 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. There is 1" spacing between each string course and you can tune strings with the included "T" shaped tuning tool. All together there are 23 courses made up of 2 strings each.
Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height
Neck at Nut: 2.5 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3 inches in width
Nut: 2.5 inches in width
Strings at the Nut: 2 inches in width
Strings at Bridge: 3.5 inches in width
Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)
13 sheesham tuning pegs
Actual wood color and decorations may vary from photo. Strings may be missing or broken. Accessories not included.
The Bowed Psaltery is a beautiful sounding melody instrument producing a clear and ethereal sound. The psaltery is also a very easy to play. The psaltery bow is held in the dominate hand and only one string is played at a time, being bowed between the Hitch Pins. You may choose to play your psaltery with two bows, one in each hand. With that technique, each bow plays one side of the instrument.
Playing the Psaltery may seem daunting until you understand the placement of the notes. Look at the psaltery and you will see the Hitch Pins along one side are evenly spaced (like white keys on a piano). On the opposite side the Hitch Pins are arranged in groups of 3 and 2 with spaces between (like the black keys on a piano). Bowing the evenly spaced strings plays the natural notes. Sharps and flats are played by reaching the bow over to the opposite side of the instrument. A Right-Handed Psaltery has the natural notes on the right side, the Left-Handed Psaltery has the natural notes are on the left side.
The Bow must be rosined before it can play the strings. To rosin up the bow, rough up the surface of the new rosin, a key or nail file works will. Rosin the ends of the hairs first, in short fast strokes, then rosin the full length from end to end. Rotate the rosin cake under the hairs as you drag the bow across. This rotation will maintain a flat surface and prevent a deeply grooved rosin which can damage bow hairs. A properly rosined bow will have rosin powder evenly distributed throughout the hair. Never handle the hair of the bow with your hands. Oils from your skin will leave permanent slick spots that will inhibit retention of the rosin powder.
Clean your bow with a soft dry cloth after each use. Occasionally, wipe the playing area of the strings. Rosin which is allowed to accumulate too heavily, especially on the undersides of the strings, will adversely affect the tone and playability of the instrument. The Roosebeck Microfiber Polishing Cloth is sold separately, and is perfect for cleaning the bow (item code RBSMFPI).
Broken or loose hairs are not uncommon and will not affect the playing characteristics of the bow. If a hair breaks do not to pluck it out. Carefully cut the hair, leaving a little bit at both ends.
Body/Bowl: 15.5" L X 1.5"H X 5.5" W
Strings at Bridge: 4" wide
Scale length: 13 inches
Tuning: C5 - A6
Longest string length: 13"