BLEMISHED: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 Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) trim. Also included is a tuning tool and drawstring bag.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 12.25 lbs.
Made in Pakistan.
Important Specifications: Item overall: 33.5” L x 4” H x 12” W
Body: The bottom of instrument is made of multi-layered Sheesham with an 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 the sides of the instrument.
Tuning Pegs/ Levers: Includes 38 metal tuning pegs threaded into body.
End Pegs: There are 38 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 6.9” (157 mm) and the distance from the left nut to the 1st bridge at bottom should be 9.7” (248 mm). Please see owner's guide for a visual.
Tuning: The recommended tuning is Traditional Fifth Interval, see tuning chart in the Owner’s Guide.
Strings: This particular hammered dulcimer is a 10/9, which means there are 10 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 9 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. There is 1" spacing between each string course and you can tune the strings with the included "T" shaped tuning tool. All together there are 19 courses.
SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. During the long journey to your home the elements affect the strings and may shorten their life expectancy and reduce their sound quality. On occasion, a string may fail during this trip; therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing them as soon as possible. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.
Scratch & Dent Savings!!!
Product codes ending in "-2" are Blemished. They are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are an honest value.