Roosebeck 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer With Hammers
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." 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. 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 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. Accessories included: One pair of dulcimer hammers (hammers may vary from photo), tuning tool and extra string set.
Product codes ending in "-1(S)" or "-2(S)" are blemished. These products 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.
"-1(S)" product has minor blemishes and "-2(S)" product has moderate blemishes and/or minor repairs. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument.
Product codes ending in "-3(S)" and "-4(S)" are also new and unused, but came to manufacturer needing repairs. If it's a "-3(S)," the product has been repaired, but if it's a "-4(S)," it will still require significant repairs when received by the customer.
Product codes ending in "PROP" are unable to be played and are for display purposes only.
SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS:
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
For safety during shipping, the manufacturer don't tune the instruments before sending them to customers.