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.
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 and drawstring bag.
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 solid lacewood 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.
NOTE: There is no warranty on the strings shipped on your new instrument. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to you. The strings on your new instrument are tuned, inspected and finally de-tuned for shipment. Environmental and temperature changes may also affect the strings and could shorten their lifespan. It is recommended that you acquire a replacement set and consider changing the strings as soon as, or shortly after, your instrument arrives.
If you are just learning the instrument you may wish to change your strings every couple of months. If you are a professional - then you already KNOW the difference a NEW set of strings can make to the sound and playability of your instrument. Bottom line - your strings should be changed as needed. Enjoy!
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