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buying a hammered dulcimer

Postby kwl » Wed Jul 10, 2002 5:29 pm

Maeve, if you've had some musical experience (like being able to read music or play piano), I'd suggest by-passing a 12/11 and starting on a 15/14 or 16/15 because you'll grow into them rather quickly. The numbers represent the courses of strings over the treble and bass bridges on the instrument. Since you list Seattle as where you live, you might look into Dusty Strings instruments. You can probably find the phone number or address in your phone book. They make a very good instrument as do several other manufacturers. They just happen to be in Seattle, so you can try one hands-on. What else do you need to know?
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Postby bruce » Wed Jul 10, 2002 10:39 pm

Maeve, what price range are you looking at? Some folks that hear HDs are so taken with the sound that they KNOW they will be playing it forever (like me!), and they go ahead and buy high end. How about you? Bruce
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