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Hello - noob H Dulcimer player - with basic but urgent question


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Hello,

I was given as a lovely present a 12/11 hammered Dulcimer last weekend for a significant birthday! I play guitar and piano and understand music, but I am completely new to H Dulcimers. I believe the one I have been given is set up incorrectly, I believe the bridge markers are all in the wrong places. Would someone be kind enough to tell me if I am right or wrong please. Two pictures attached. one of the whole instrument, and one a diagram I have done to make it easier to see.

 

https://imgur.com/a/LLMODur

 

https://imgur.com/a/Y2uYXg6

 

The shop owner who sold it to my wife is being vague to say the least in understanding the issue.

Many thanks,

 

Anthony 

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What you believe is correct. A typical 12/11 hammered dulcimer is tuned: bass bridge starting at the string at the bottom closest to the player is G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, Bflat, C and the treble bridge starting at the bottom is: (right side) C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G and on the left side G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D. Again start at the bottom of the bass bridge, markers are white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black and on the treble bridge from the bottom, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black. This is for a fifth interval tuning. 

I have not idea why your HD is set up that way. Are you able to loosen the strings and move the bridge caps? If you don't have enough black or white slips to cover all the spots you can always buy some new delrin rods.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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