The Hammered Dulcimer has a beautiful, rich, full sound and has been used throughout the world for many centuries, originating in the Near East. The name originates from the Latin word dulcis and the Greek word melos, which translates to “Sweet Tune.”
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.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 17.25 lbs.
Important Specifications: 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 is 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.
Made in Pakistan.
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.