The Apprentice package is the perfect setup for a beginning hammered dulcimer player. Built with a laminated Finland birch soundboard and back and finished in a striking black, the instrument is exceptionally sturdy and stable and offers a sweet, balanced sound. The 2½ octave, 12 treble and 11 bass course string 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 instead of black, and unlike the Apprentice, it is available as an instrument only. A pair of hammers, a tuning wrench and note guide strips are included, which is really everything a beginner needs to get started. Other accessories like a case and a playing leg or stand can always be ordered later.
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