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  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  
  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  

En: Appalachian Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Kentucky Dulcimer, Lap Dulcimer, American dulcimer

The Appalachian dulcimer is a variety of the Celtic zithers and has been a folk instrument of the southern Appalachian mountains since the first pioneers settled there and now enjoying a well deserved increase in popularity. In Québec it is also named "Table Dulcimer".

The origin of this instrument is in fact a real puzzle. Its origins date from between the XIIth and the XIIIth centuries AD. It was derived from the family of the épinettes des Vosges or German scheithot.

The name ''dulcimer'' seems to be from the french 'doulce mel' (it was named Doulce-de-mer (softness of the sea, in French) and then doulcemelle, but we can found related instruments in various European countries.

In the seventies, the dulcimer made a came on appearance in Bluegrass music and in more recent times is gaining acceptance in the traditional music circles of Western Europe.

There are as many shapes and styles of dulcimers as there are players and mountain craftsmen.

It is an instrument which is often strummed or plucked as an accompaniment to the human voice. In recent years it has evolved into a solo instrument, usually using the fingers, but sometimes bowed.

Its popularity lays in its simplicity in playing and its versatility in tuning to different modes.

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  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  
  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  

RWC Appalachian Dulcimer
Our Appalachian Dulcimers are more refined than some of the primitive mountain dulcimers and are available in two qualities.

The 5 string hourglass Appalachian Dulcimer is a traditional hourglass shape instrument with 5 strings tuned as two pairs and a single. We use solid figured English sycamore for the back and ribs, solid Swiss pine for the soundboard and plain sycamore for the fingerboard which is fretted by CNC machine for accuracy.

Suggested dulcimer tuning (can be tuned to a variety of different tunings): D AA dd.

The 4 string hourglass Appalachian Dulcimer belongs to a series of instruments which have been designed for practicality and economy. The materials are chosen for their tonal qualities (English sycamore, beech or laminated birch).
This 4 string Dulcimer is tuned as a pair and two single courses.

Each instrument is hand built to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) and comes with 12 months warranty.

A soft padded bag or fitted hard case are available as optional extras if required.


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  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  
  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  

Appalachian Dulcimer Kit
The same range of Appalachian Dulcimers are offered in kit form for home assembly. The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

A fully dimensioned plan and instruction manual take the builder through the construction of the instrument in a clear and concise manner, with 'step by step' photographs further illustrating each stage.

All the kits Include free access to our customer 'Helpline' should you need any advice on construction, setting-up or playing.

Our 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer kit comes with the ribs pre-formed around a MDF mould so that assembly can begin immediately. Swiss pine for the soundboard and top quality English sycamore for the back are sanded to thickness to ensure a full tone from the finished instrument. The fingerboard is accurately slotted ready to accept the frets. All the hardware necessary to complete a quality instrument are supplied including machine pegs and a set of strings.

The 4 string Appalachian Dulcimer belongs to a series of kits which have been designed for ease of assembly, practicality and economy. Most importantly they are enjoyable to build and can be finished, as the name implies, in a weekend or two. The parts supplied are made from the best quality materials chosen for their ease of use and tonal qualities.

The 'Weekender' Appalachian Dulcimer kit builds into a 4 string instrument tuned as a pair and two single courses. All the parts supplied are cut to size from English sycamore, beech or laminated birch, ready for final assembly.

The kits contain every part you need plus a concise 'step by step' guide to construction and free access to our 'Helpline'.


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  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  
  Finished and Kit 5 string Appalachian Dulcimer  

Appalachian Dulcimer Plan
You can make the same range of instruments from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner. A fully dimensioned plan and a set of photographs illustrates each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.


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  Appalachian Dulcimer - 4 string hourglass (Weekender series)
  Finished Instrument                
    Appalachian Dulcimer - 4 string hourglass (Weekender series)   FWAD   Finished   236.55  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Appalachian Dulcimer - 4 string hourglass (Weekender series)   WAD   Kit   100.38  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Not available                
  Accessories and Spares                
    Padded transportation cover for Appalachian Dulcimer - 4 string hourglass (Weekender series)   CWAD   Finished      RWC  
                   
  Appalachian Dulcimer - 5 string hourglass
  Finished Instrument                
    Appalachian Dulcimer - 5 string hourglass   FAD   Finished   362.51  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Appalachian Dulcimer - 5 string hourglass   KAD   Kit   141.23  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Appalachian Dulcimer - 5 string hourglass   PAD   Plan   35.70  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
    Padded transportation cover for Appalachian Dulcimer - 5 string hourglass   CAD   Finished      RWC  
                   

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