- 2½ octaves
- laminated Finland birch soundboard and back
- traditional 5th-interval tuning
- 12/11 configuration
- also available as a package with a case and playing legs
The Prelude is the perfect setup for a beginning hammered dulcimer player. Built with a laminated Finland birch soundboard and back, it is an exceptionally sturdy, stable instrument that offers a sweet, balanced sound. The 2½ octave, 12/11 arrangement corresponds to all the well-known instructional materials. If coupled with the plush-lined carrying case and playing legs, the Prelude is everything the beginner needs in one attractively-priced package. The Apprentice model is the same instrument, but with black finish.
The Prelude on its own comes with the basics to get someone started playing: single-sided wooden hammers, a T-handle tuning wrench, note indicator strips and the Hammered Dulcimer Owner's Guidebook.
The Prelude Package includes the instrument and all the above accessories, plus 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 instrument also fits in the more deluxe C10 case, and packages can be upgraded to include the C10.
Prelude: $495 (includes T-handle tuning wrench, regular single-sided wood hammers, note guide strips, owner's guidebook)
Prelude Package: $595 (includes above accessories, plus C10A case, 28-inch and 5-inch playing legs)
Protective carrying case
Price: $95 - $145
|Variety of stand and leg choices|
Tuning & Specifications
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
- Bottom rail: 38½ inches
- Top rail: 20 inches
- Height: 15 inches
- Thickness: 3¼ inches
- Weight: approx. 13 pounds
- Soundboard and back: laminated Finland birch
- Pinblocks and rails: Eastern hard maple
- Main bridges: maple
- Side bridges and soundhole inserts: sapele
"I'm enjoying every minute of exploring this great instrument!"
-Mitzi Barker (Chugiak, Alaska)