American Style Dulcimer
A versatile instrument which is very easy to play. It's range is 3 octaves from c to d3, and is fully chromatic from f# to d3, the range covered by most treble instruments. The interval across the treble bridge is a major fifth, and a fifth between the treble and adjacent bass strings. This makes the keys of D, G, C, and F major particularly accessible. The strings are steel down to g, and wound below that, and all courses are triple strung. This is the instrument for which my book and cassette tutor, Getting Started is designed. A fully professional instrument. Price: $2,600
A lighter weight version of the American style dulcimer. This is made possible by providing two strings per course, thus reducing tension on the case. It is provided in fully chromatic configuration above low f#, and the range is c-d3. An ideal travelling or busker's instrument. With the use of King Billy Pine for the soundboard, a fine resonance is obtained. This enables you to gain a further octave to d4, chromatically. Remarkable.
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Woodgate Dulcimer This is designed as a budget instrument for the beginner. Its tuning is similar to the American style dulcimer without a few of the more obscure accidentals. A light weight instrument, it uses two strings per course. It is strung throughout in steel. Tuning wrench and hammers are supplied, as with all dulcimers. A monopod stand is supplied and fitted. Range is g-d3.
Price: from $1050
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St Clair 15/14
This is an extension of the Woodgate dulcimer's tuning system downwards, so you get more bass notes. It goes down all the way to d below middle c. The soundboard on this model is made of Western Red Cedar or redwood. This results in a clear vibrant tone. The frames are Tasmanian blackwood and the wrestplanks of Danish beech or rock maple. The strings are steel, bronze and wound to optimise the tone. With a full 3 octave range and easy to understand tuning system, this is a versatile dulcimer. Hammers, a tuning wrench and a monopod stand are supplied and fitted. A handle hole in the baseboard makes this lightweight dulcimer easy to carry round.
Dulcimer after Smith of London
A large diatonic instrument with strings tuned to a typical English system. Range is 3 octaves B-b3. Treble courses have 4 strings per course, the bass courses are triple strung. The bass strings are tuned an octave below the adjacent treble strings. This system favours the keys of A, D, and G major and their related minor keys. The long string length of this instrument ensures a fine tone. It is a close copy of an instrument brought to Australia early in the 20th century. Price: $2800
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