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Hammered Dulcimers, Mountain Dulcimers and Santoors

Dulcimers. Page 1 of 2. Please see our Dulcimer Instruction Books, CDs and DVDs and Dulcimer Accessories for help with your dulcimer skills. SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Whether you purchase an instrument on-line or in a neighborhood store, manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey to your home. During this time the strings WILL oxidize and this may shorten their life expectancy and may reduce their sound quality. On occasion instruments may arrive with a broken string, therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings as soon as it arrives. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.

Roosebeck European Mountain Dulcimer 5-String Scheitholt-Style ( DME5 ) Roosebeck European Mountain Dulcimer 5-String Scheitholt-Style
This dulcimer has 5 strings, a rosewood frame, a birch soundboard, cutouts in soundboard and one on the back. This folksy musical instrument is in the zither family and is known as a Scheitholt. The instrument measures 34" long x 5" wide and 2" high (863.6 x 127 x 50.8 mm). It includes a pick and noter. Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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Roosebeck Faith Teardrop Mountain Dulcimer 4-String Spruce F-Holes ( DMFS4 ) Mountain Dulcimer, 5 String, Hearts
TAs one of our most recent additions to our Roosebeck Mountain Dulcimer line, this Faith model has many great features! It has a tear drop shape and its body and neck are sheesham. The nut and bridge are cattle bone. Its end peg and frets are metal. The soundboard is spruce classic 2 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. The following accessories are included with item: pick, noter, and owner's guide. Made in Pakistan.
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Roosebeck Single Strung 10/9 Hammered Dulcimer with Hammers ( DH10-9R ) Roosebeck Single Strung 10/9 Hammered Dulcimer with Hammers
This particular hammered dulcimer is a 10/9 which means there are 10 strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 9 strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. The recommended tuning is Traditional Fifth Interval Tuning. Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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Roosebeck 12/11 Hammered Dulcimer ( DH12-11R ) Roosebeck 12/11 Hammered Dulcimer
This hammered dulcimer is a 12/11, which means there are 12 courses of strings crossing the treble bridge on the left, and 11 courses of strings crossing the bass bridge on the right. All together there are 23 courses made up of 2 strings each. Includes 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. Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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Roosebeck Wildwood Dulcimer Sheesham 3 Round Openings Flat Pegbox ( DMWR ) Roosebeck Wildwood Dulcimer Sheesham 3 Round Openings Flat Pegbox
Fun, lightweight, and easy to play, our Wildwood Dulcimer has the rich sound of a mountain dulcimer with just a little bit of banjo twang. The body style of the Wildwood allows it to be played like a guitar instead of the traditional "flat in the lap" position of the mountain dulcimer. The teardrop spruce soundboard with three rosettes stands out in contrast to the long, thin rosewood fingerboard. Dark rosewood back. Made in Pakistan.
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Roosebeck Faith Teardrop Mountain Dulcimer 4-String Spruce F-Holes ( DMFS4 ) Roosebeck Faith Teardrop Mountain Dulcimer 4-String Spruce F-Holes
Mountain Dulcimer, 5 string, Hearts. Rosewood frame, heart shaped cutouts in the spruce soadboard and hour-glass shape. Includes nylon case, pick and slide. Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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Dulcimers may have originated in the Middle East, probably during the first millennium A.D. If so, the instrument could have been brought to Europe from the Middle East during the Crusades or into Spain with the Moors, or both. Other research puts the origin near the end of the Middle Ages, in Europe, holding that the earlier medieval paintings and statues probably depict psalteries or dulcimer-like instruments without a central bridge.

The name "dulcimer" is derived from Latin, meaning "sweet sound". Hammered dulcimers were popular in England during the reign of James I, when the Bible was translated into English as the King James Bible.

Mountain dulcimers, also known as "Appalachian", "lap" or "fretted" dulcimers are a more modern instrument born in the Appalachian mountains. They appear to have ancestral ties to earlier German and Scandinavian instruments, and to the French epinette de Vosges. The most likely explanation for the application of the name "dulcimer" to the mountain dulcimer is that the name for the mountain instrument was taken from the Biblical reference to the hammered dulcimer in Daniel 3:5, King James Version.

Dulcimer makers often indicate the size and range of their dulcimers by the number of "courses" or string groups found on each bridge. The first number is usually for the treble (center) bridge, the second for the bass (right side) bridge; and if a third number is given it means there is a third bridge on the far left of the instrument. As a general rule, the following is true: 9/8 = two octave, 12/11 = two 1/2 octave, and 15/14 = three octave range.

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