Scratch & Dent Strings
14 D X 6.25 W x 21 High in inches
Stand has both a Guitar Bracket (7.5 inches wide) and a Dulcimer Bracket (4.5 inches wide).
*Please see sketch below for case measurements
The stinging for the STRS-M is
string # thickness steel/bronze
1 .008" st
2 .013 br
3 .013 br
4 .008 st
5 .008 st
6 .008 st
7 .008 st
sym .008 st
The Kemenche is a bowed spike fiddle native to the southern shore of the Eastern Black Sea. It has been called the Black Sea Fiddle, the Pontic Lyra or the Karadeziz Kemencesi. It is played with a bow, in the upright position. Rest it on your knee when sitting, or hold out in front when walking and dancing. The strings are pressed straight down onto the fingerboard like a violin. The bow is a simple, historic, design requiring your thumb or finger to tension the synthetic hairs as you play. When playing, two or all three strings are bowed at the same time. The open string(s) sound as a drone to the melody. The close proximity of the strings allows double stopping, drones, trills and other embellishments.
The tuning is diverse and the instrument is often tuned in according to the preference of the musician or the range of the vocals. Common tunings include: a-a-d, e-a-d, GDA or AEB.
The cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel, became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. The famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, Turkey's first president, dubbed it cumbus (pronounced joom-bush). Cumbus is Turkish for revelry, just the mood this instrument inspires. Our cumbuses are imported from the Family shop of Zeynel Abidin on Ataturk Bulvar in Istanbul.
Item overall: 8.75" L x 8.75" H x 3.75" W
Body: 8.75" L x 8.75" H x 3.75" W
Body: The body consists of a spun aluminum bowl with cast aluminum ring. Area for strings to attach is located on bowl.
Soundboard: Clear synthetic head with 22 sound holes