Scratch & Dent Strings
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 and extra strings.
Item overall: 32" L x 3.75" H x 12" W
Body: The bottom of instrument is made of multi-layered sheesham with opening in back that can be used as a carrying "handle." The sides are made out of genuine sheesham.
Soundboard: The soundboard crafted from light colored hardwood, species may vary from image and includes 1 sound hole with a sheesham rosette covering it. The rosette features an intricate vine and leaf pattern.
Nut: There are 2 sheesham nuts and each are placed on sides of instrument.
Tuning Pegs/ Levers: Includes 19 metal tuning pegs threaded into body.
End Pegs: There are 19 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 the 1st bridge at top should be .6" (16 mm) and the distance from the left nut to the 1st bridge at bottom should be .98" (24.9 mm). Please see owner's guide for visual.
Tuning: The recommended tuning is Traditional Fifth Interval, see tuning chart in Owner's Guide.
Strings: This particular hammered dulcimer is a 10/9, which means there are 10 single strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 9 single strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. There is 1" spacing between each string and you can tune strings with the included "T" shaped tuning tool. All together there are 19 metal strings.
The approximate inside dimensions are:
Overall Length: 50.5 inches (1282.7 mm); Depth: 12.52 inches (317.5 mm); Width for Bottom Toomba: 14.5 (368.3 mm).
Neck width for the sympathetic pegs area is 5.25 inches
Neck width for the main peg area is 6.25 inches
Please note: Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique.
Item Overall: 49 inches in length, 11.25 inches in height and 14 inches in width
Body/Bowl: 11 inches in length, 9.875 inches in height and 14 inches in width
Sound board: The sound board includes tuning beads and includes 1 swan tuning bead
Body/Neck: Brown painted body, neck, gourd and toomba. Includes pretty decorations on all parts of instrument.
Strings: 11 sympathetic strings, 2 chikari strings and 5 main strings
Frets: 20, sitar style (adjustable)
Nut: Made of cattle-bone: 4.125 inches in width; Neck at Nut: 3.625 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 4 inches in width
Bridge: Made from cattle-bone; Strings at Bridge: 1.875
Scale Length: 34 inches (adjustable)
End Peg: Made of cattle-bone
Extra string set
Book or CD-ROM as stock allows
Soft padded nylon case
An authentic tuning derived from Judaic worship music, where the instrument was used to accompany the singing of the Chazzan, also known as a Cantor. This style of tuning uses the Chazzanut mode; starting with the bass (largest strings) tune as follows: D E F G# A B C D E F
In the early Middle Ages in Eastern Europe, the secularization of the Jewish worship music gave rise to Klezmer music. Jewish troubadours, known as klezmorim gave the music a place in weddings and other simkhes (joyful events). The Klezmer music eventually blended with Slavonic, Greek, Turkish, Gypsy and even American jazz tempos and rhythms. For Klezmer music, try the Misheberakh mode which is: E F# G A# B C# D E F# G
Two alternative methods of tuning that work well with singers comfortable in the Key of G are (again bass to treble): E F# G A B C D E F# G and D E F# G A B C D E F# (E is tonic). Notice, in the second tuning, all the notes are the same but you're starting on D rather than E. Includes tuning tool, padded gig bag and extra string set.
The solid spruce soundboard features three F-holes. The back, sides, and fret board, are sheesham. The fret board has arches underneath allowing free space between the soundboard and the fret board. The carved scroll peg head features gold colored, geared 4:1 banjo style tuners. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DAD to make it easy to pick up and play. A pick and noter are included.
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.
This particular hammered dulcimer is a 16/15, which means there are 16 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 15 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. All together there are 31 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: 37.5" L x 4" H x 18.25" W
Body: 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 62 metal tuning pegs threaded into body.
End Pegs: There are 62 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 the 1st bridge at top should be 5.4" (138 mm) and the distance from the left nut to the 1st bridge at bottom should be 11.2" (285 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 16/15, which means there are 16 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 15 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. There is 1" spacing between each string course and are tuned with the included "T" shaped tuning tool. All together there are 31 courses made up of 2 strings each.
The Balalaika strings are tuned above middle C to: A, E, E (1st-3rd). The 1st string is the thinnest, and lays over more frets than the 2nd and 3rd strings. Use a piano or electronic tuner as a reference for tuning. The tension on each tuning peg can be adjusted by tightening or loosing the screw on the top of the peg. To play, the left hand notes the strings while the index finger of the right hand strums high on the soundboard near the neck. The dark sheesham on the soundboard is decorative but also protects the soundboard from the strumming.
The Balalaika most likely evolved from the Oriental dombra, which is still played in present-day Kazakhstan. Knowledge of the dombra most likely spread to Russia by Mongol trade and conquest. After undergoing structural changes, the Balalaika was embraced by Russians. It is said that the Balalaika embodies the Russian people's character, with its ability to switch from happiness to sadness with ease. It was common for the peasant ballads, composed for the Balalaika, to irreverently poke fun at the authority of the times. For this reason there were times when the Balalaika was banned by both the Orthodox Church and the State. The instrument enjoyed its greatest folk popularity in the early 18th century.
In the later 19th century the instrument underwent a number of changes, including the adoption of the classic triangular shape. Reportedly, in the late 19th century, Vassily Vassilievich Andreyev, was responsible for the transition from a folk instrument to a concert instrument. Andreyev's chamber ensemble, renamed The Great Russian Imperial Balalaika Orchestra, introduced the instrument to cultures outside of Russia. The Instrument was also carried by the common people when they fled Russia at times of war.
The neck and soundboard are outlined with faux mother of pearl inlay. Great sitar sound for any fusion band. Easier to transport to gigs than a traditional sitar. Actual colors and pattern of decorations may vary from the photo.
Item Overall: 51.25 inches in length, 13.5 inches in width and 3.25 inches in height
Body/Bowl: 17.25 inches in length, 2 inches in height and 13.5 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 3.625 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3.625 inches in width
Nut: 3.625 inches in width, cattle-bone
Scale Length: 36 inches (movable)
Frets: 20 arched brass frets
Bridge: Made from natural cattle-bone and mahogany
Includes one brass end peg
Extra string set
Book or CD-ROM as stock allows
Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique.
Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom as stock allows), and padded nylon gig-bag.
Item overall: 48" L x 12" H x 14" W
Body/Bowl: 10.5" L x 11" H x 14" W
Nut: 4.5 Inches Neck at Nut: 3.5" W
Neck at Body Joint: 3.75" W
String at the Nut: 1.5" W Strings at Bridge: 1.5" W
Scale Length: 34"
BLEMISHED: This long neck saz brings this important folk instrument into the modern
age. This item has 7 strings arranged in 3 courses, 2 (2strings), 1 (3strings).
The nylon frets are movable String sets and plectrums are sold
separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary Imported from Turkey. Soft
The saz is a long-necked subfamily of lute. It evolved in Persia and is
still popular in Turkey. Depending on the size, it has 10-19 movable
frets which include several quartertone positions. Also depending on size, it
has 6 or 8 strings, with 3 courses being the most common configuration. A
unique feature is that the middle course of strings is tuned to the lowest
note. There are many tuning possibilities. The most common being
ADG. NOTE: the lowest note, D, is tuned on the middle course of strings, A
on the lower course and G on the upper course.
*NOTE* Please expect the finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the
light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain
with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are
handmade instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable.
Includes a tuning tool and extra string set.