Scratch & Dent Strings
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)
*Please see sketch below for case measurements
The Eala design is hand carved into the harp's frame. According to Celtic tradition and the swan is associated with music, love, purity and the soul. It is believed they can take human form, and have mastered the elements of water, earth and air. Eala were able to interpret dreams, and help with transitions, especially spiritual evolution.
Accessories Included: Tuning wrench and extra string set
Overall Size: 36" L x 9" H x 18.5" W
Body: Engraved and inlaid sheesham frame with eala design on the top of frame covering sound board. The eala design is a Celtic tradition and the Swan is associated with music, love, purity and the soul. It is believed they can take human form, and have mastered the elements of water, earth and air.
Soundboard: The soundboard is made up of birch plywood for exceptional sound and strength and has 3 sound holes
Tuning Pegs/ Levers: 22 chrome plated metal sharpening levers
Tuning: C3 to C6
Strings: 22 DuPont hard nylon strings
Approximately 51" high. Featuring 36 DuPont hard nylon strings, a range from C two octaves below Middle C to C above High C, 31 sharpening levers, engraved and inlaid sheesham frame and a high quality Finnish birch ply soundboard for exceptional sound and strength.
Includes a tuning tool and extra string set.
Approximately 51" high. Featuring 36 DuPont hard nylon strings, a range from C two octaves below Middle C to C above High C, 31 sharpening levers, sheesham frame and a high quality Finnish birch ply soundboard for exceptional sound and strength.
Includes a tuning tool and extra string set.
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: 34" L x 4" 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 is 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 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.
Tuning: C5 - A6
Longest string length: 13"
Overall dimensions: 5.3" in width by 15" in length