OK, so here’s a photo of the new baby. It’s not the best photo in the west, because it’s taken with my camera phone. But, it does the job…
To answer Toodie’s question, there are two types of Dulcimers. One is made entirely of hardwood and the other is made with another wood and then a laminate is placed over the top. Mine is a laminate. It doesn’t sound that much different than the hard wood. It’s a little warmer but then, I would expect a warmer sound from a hard wood. My dulcimer has 4 more strings on it than Toodie’s does, hers is an 12/11 and mine is a 16/15. If you would like to know more…. go here: http://www.songbirdhd.com/phoebe.html
Here’s an example of the 12/11 and if you count the white spaces on the bridge (it indicates the start of an octave) there are 5 on mine and 4 on the 12/11.
So… my dulcimer has a higher octave, and I think it’s at the top, so the higher notes.
I didn’t get to tuning last night. It’s a very large instrument and it’ll take a couple of hours to tune. This is something I’ll save for the weekend.
Have a great Tuesday!
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