The Hammered Dulcimer has a beautiful, rich, full sound and has been used throughout the world for many centuries, originating in the Middle East. The name originates from the Latin word dulcis and the Greek word melos, which translates to "Sweet Tune."
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 walnut 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 walnut with opening in back that can be used as a carrying "handle." The sides are made out of genuine walnut.
Soundboard: The soundboard crafted from light colored hardwood, species may vary from image and includes 1 sound hole with a walnut rosette covering it. The rosette features an intricate vine and leaf pattern.
Nut: There are 2 walnut 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 walnut 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.
SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS:
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
Item Weight: 11.75 lbs.
Item Length: 32 Inches
Item Height: 3.75 Inches
Item Width: 12 Inches
Packed Weight: 17 lbs.
Ship Weight: 18 lbs.
Ship Length: 40 Inches
Ship Height: 14 Inches
Ship Width: 8