15188RE: [SCA Newcomers] Hammered Dulcimer
- Nov 25, 2009Greetings Lady Merwyn,
Welcome to SCA Newcomers.
I hope you can find a good hammered dulcimer in Australia.
Please take your time, and make sure you can try out any dulcimer that has
If you find you can't get a good dulcimer where you are, I recommend
Songbird Hammered Dulcimers: http://www.songbirdhd.com/
Their dulcimers are fairly inexpensive, as dulcimers go, (about $300 - 500,
as opposed to $500 - 1,000,) and the lower end line all have the laminated
birch option, which means they stay in tune - a large consideration when you
have more than 50 strings to tune.
They also have only 2 strings per course, so not quite as many to tune as
you might have on a more expensive make - tuning can get pretty discouraging
when you have 50 - 200 strings to tune every time you want to play.
(I know someone who plays a larger instrument with 4 strings per course - he
can't ever quite get the whole thing in tune, and he has 164 strings to
tune, just on the one instrument!)
Their basic model is the Phoebe, and it's a pretty good instrument for
someone who wants to try out the dulcimer, but isn't sure this is the right
instrument for them.
There is also the next size up, the Whippoorwill, which is a little larger
than the Phoebe, and is chromatic - easier for someone who is unfamiliar
with how dulcimer scales are laid out, and perhaps unfamiliar with
non-chromatic scales, not necessarily the best if what you want is to learn
to play any hammered dulcimer.
These are good 'student' instruments, very sturdy and well made - learn to
play on one of these, and when you are ready to move on to a bigger, better
instrument, you will have a good idea of what you are and are not looking
for in a dulcimer.
Other things to consider when buying a hammered dulcimer: Are the stand and
case included in the price and shipping info? Does it come with a tuning
wrench and diagram? What kind of strings are on it, and where can you get
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
Behalf Of peneth4
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:35 AM
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Hammered Dulcimer
I live in Queensland, Australia ~ that bits important ~ and I'm trying to
get hold of a hammered dulcimer.
As a newby I'm obviously not after anything flash, fancy or expensive. I'm
quite prepared to pay for shipping if necessary but would rather keep the
cost down (who doesn't).
Any recommendations, especially for Australia for getting one.
lady Merwyn aka Penny
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