Apprentice

Apprentice

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Overview

  • 2½ octaves
  • laminated Finland birch soundboard and back
  • traditional 5th-interval tuning
  • 12/11 configuration
  • includes case and playing legs

The Apprentice package is the perfect setup for a beginning hammered dulcimer player. Built with a laminated Finland birch soundboard and finished in a striking black, the Apprentice is exceptionally sturdy and stable and offers a sweet, balanced sound. The 2½ octave, 12/11 arrangement corresponds to all the well-known instructional materials.

The Apprentice comes with a variety of accessories at an attractive package price: single-sided wooden hammers, a T-handle tuning wrench, note indicator strips, the Hammered Dulcimer Owner's Guidebook, a 28-inch sit-down playing leg, a 5-inch table-top playing leg, and a plush-lined black chipboard C10A case with a separate compartment for legs, hammers and wrench. The Apprentice also fits in the more deluxe C10 case, and packages can be upgraded to include the C10.

If the full package is a little out of your budget and you want just the necessities to get started playing, consider looking at the Prelude model. It is the same instrument as the Apprentice, but with a clear finish insted of black, and unlike the Apprentice, is available as an instrument only. The essentials (hammers and tuning wrench) are included, giving a beginner everything they really need to get started.

Apprentice Package: $595 (includes a C10A case, 28-inch and 5-inch playing legs, T-handle tuning wrench, regular single-sided wood hammers, note guide strips, owner's guidebook)

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Options

Burgundy-colored padded soft case for hammered dulcimer

Deluxe C10 carrying case

Price: $50 (upgrade)

Hammered dulcimer support options include this folding wooden stand Variety of stand and leg choices

Specifications

Range

The Prelude, Apprentice and D10 have 2½ octaves of range; the lowest note is the G below middle C. There are 12 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 11 courses on the bass bridge. This configuration is often referred to as 12/11. Easily available keys are G, D, C and F, along with their relative minors. There are a variety of chromatic notes available in each key.

Tuning and Strings

String chart for Prelude, Apprentice or D10 hammered dulcimerSuperscript numbers indicate octaves (C4 is middle C). Dots indicate marked courses. All strings are plain steel with loop ends, and the wire gauges are shown in inches.

Click here for downloadable string charts and string ordering information.

Dimensions

  • Hammered dulcimer diagram with top and bottom rails labeledBottom rail: 38½ inches
  • Top rail: 20 inches
  • Height: 15 inches
  • Thickness: 3¼ inches
  • Weight: approx. 13 pounds

Woods

  • Soundboard and back: laminated Finland birch
  • Pinblocks and rails: Eastern hard maple
  • Bridges and soundhole inserts: maple

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Testimonials

An early impression of a new instrument...

"I love my hammered dulcimer. My 12-year-old twins are having a blast, the first day too! I got to play it at 3 am. Thank you!"

-Ellen M. Howse (Millersville, Maryland)

...and a later comment from the same customer:

"I teach music at a nursery school, children ages 2-5. Once I became more proficient, I brought the dulcimer in to play for the children. They enjoyed hearing me play but REALLY enjoyed actually playing themselves... My son Christopher grabbed the hammers this morning and played his favorite song before running to the bus stop."

-Ellen M. Howse (Millersville, Maryland)