The wood used in the soundboard can make a slight difference in the sound of the instrument; personally, I've always liked a "warm" sound and have selected redwood for the soundboard on all my dulcimers. Low tones also need a larger surface area on the soundboard to ensure good projection and faithful reproduction of their sound quality. My new dulcimer merits several posts of its own, so you'll have to wait for that information, but here is what I learned on the way about the acoustic properties of wood. A remarkable characteristic of western red cedar soundboards is that their settle-in period is very short. What is a diatonic vs. a chromatic instrument? When the soundboard is attached permanently to the sides and endrails, this is called a glued-down soundboard. If possible, I always suggest that dulcimer shoppers test drive a number of instruments. Additionally, mountain dulcimer strings can come in a variety of lengths. Generally, the dynamic range of mahogany is not large. 2 Soundboard:  mahogany is mellower, spruce is brighter and loud, cedar is similar to spruce but a touch softer in tone but loud. Click on pic for details. mso-font-charset:128; However, the type of wood used is just as important. Dulcimer Soundboard Wood. mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; The number of frets on your mountain dulcimer is important. With these additional bridges I can play D, F# and Bb in the low range, C# and D# in the very high range. All of Seagull’s creations, including the Merlin Mahogany, are made sustainably. We offer combinations of woods to give the instrument more dynamic range and expand the voicing capabilities. Therefore, the frets can not move around the fretboard. So why did I ignore my own advice? Tonewoods used for dulcimer soundboards include spruce, mahogany, western red cedar, redwood and birch. Fiddle tunes, Celtic tunes, folk music, a large number of popular melodies, many rags, most waltzes; all these genera employ mostly diatonic melodies. mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; If you like this freebie, you can donate directly to the developer to say thank you. The Close perspective consists of a pair of cardiods (Shure SM57) spaced about 1 to 2 feet apart facing down about two inches away from the dulcimer. font-family:Times; First let me say that I was particularly motivated to do the research at this time because I've just purchased a new dulcimer. Redwood is very rowdy and loud but brittle , difficult to work with, cracks and crushes easily, not to mention outrageously expensive! And, it’s all-American.

Throughout their life, they have made a name for themselves as producers of high-quality, hand-made instruments. Charles’ Dulcimer is a beautiful Hammer Dulcimer made of solid wood with 9 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 8 courses of strings on the bass bridge, recorded by Luis Filip Costa. adroll_version = "2.0"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; At Vermont Wood'n Sounds we don't have "models" each dulcimer is unique with a variety of woods. mso-style-parent:""; The hard job is to control the sustain of a dulcimer and thereby create an instrument that will produce excellent performances on fiddle tunes as well as hymns.

mso-font-charset:0; Main If there are four frets close together in the middle of the fretboard, you are looking at a 6+ fretted instrument.

mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Lumbermen through the centuries have seasoned their logs when able, to produce the finest wood products. Charles’ Dulcimer is a beautiful Hammer Dulcimer made of solid wood with 9 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 8 courses of strings on the bass bridge, recorded by Luis Filip Costa.It has two octaves and a sweet, rich and resonating sound. I drop the designed low D on the added bridge to a low C.  With these tuning alterations and the extra bridges, my dulcimer easily handles music that includes fiddle tunes, Celtic music, rock and roll, a bit of jazz, Broadway and Bach. mso-font-pitch:fixed; The diatonic scale is the familiar eight-tone, octave scale of do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. However, the Emma is shaped slightly differently and 6+ fret design. Its solid wood and classic design attracts a lot of notice. Several points need to be considered about chromatic instruments. G# and Bb are available in the high mid-range. The wood is less expensive than mahogany. mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; Inexpensive Appalachian mountain dulcimers and easily assembled dulcimer kits designed for beginning players, schools, and amateur instrument builders.

margin-left:0in; Great! Which instrument has the louder, fuller, more desirable sound? div.WordSection1 The soundboard wood establishes the essence of the sound signature. Dulcimer music is overwhelmingly diatonic music. It'ssimply the best darn band instrument being made. font-family:Cambria; Another entry-level mountain dulcimer, the Applecreek ACD100 Dulcimer is made for the beginner. Or, if you prefer acoustic guitars, you can read more about the best acoustic guitars for beginners here. Spruce soundboards tend to require several years to settle in and attain their mature voices. The instrument was extensively sampled with three different mic positions: a close perspective, a room and an ambient/hall perspective at the Coomberhust Studio Concert Hall at Kingston University.