Roosebeck Faith Teardrop Mountain Dulcimer 4-String Spruce F-Holes
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As one of the most recent additions to our Roosebeck Mountain Dulcimer line, this Faith model has many great features! It has a teardrop shape and its body and neck are made of Sheesham (Indian Rosewood). The nut and bridge are cattle bone. Its tail piece and frets are metal. The soundboard is spruce with 2 classic F-hole openings. This model also features 4 standard friction tuners and has 4 strings, including 2 melody strings, 1 middle string and 1 bass drone string. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DAD method to make it easy to pick up and play.
Included Accessories: Pick, noter, and owner's guide.
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 in 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.
The 6½ and 13½ Frets:
This model includes the 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets. Most early dulcimers had a strictly diatonic scale; that is, the frets were placed so as to produce a major scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do) with no extra half steps. More recently, dulcimer players have found that the placement of an extra fret between the 6th and 7th frets and between the 13th and 14th frets allows two things; (1) a major scale can be produced starting at another point (on the open string), and (2) most songs containing "accidental" notes can be played. The 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets add versatility.
Body/Bowl: 28.75 inches L x 2 inches H x 7 inches W
Neck at Nut: 1.25 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 1.25 inches in width
Nut: 1.25 inches in width, made of cattle bone
Strings at the Nut: 1 inch in width
Strings at Bridge: 1 inch in width
Scale Length: 25.75 inches
4 Tuning pegs/levers
18 Metal Frets
Actual instrument weight is approximately 2.15 lbs.
Made in Pakistan.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
✓ Strings: 2-Melody, 1-Middle & 1-Bass
✓ Lovely Teardrop Shaped Body
✓ Solid Sheesham Fretboard
✓ Spruce Soundboard, Cream Colored, Straight Grained
✓ Sophisticated F-Shaped Sound Holes
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.