Item number 20141772,
This is a baritone mountain dulcimer, tuned AEA, set up with four strings. The body is Honduras mahogany, which typically gives a bit of brightness/bite to the tone quality. The top is western red cedar (from British Columbia, Canada) which gives a dulcimer a warm, mellow tone. With the Honduras mahogany/western red cedar combination, this instrument has a great combination of volume and warmth, and a tremendous sustain.
The fretboard veneer is wenge (pronounced WHEN-gay), which is an exotic wood from the southern/western countries of Africa. Wenge is very attractive (dark brown, with lighter streaks), and exceedingly durable. We're making a lot of dulcimers with wenge fingerboard veneers nowadays because the traditional fingerboard veneer, Gabon ebony, is getting very expensive. Wenge is a great low-cost substitute.
The baritone setup can be changed to standard (DAD, regular octave) easily enough - it would require a new nut and bridge, and (of course) much lighter strings.
Listen to the video - you'll appreciate the warmth and sustain this instrument provides. With our 29 1/4" scale length (distance from nut to bridge), this isn't a great instrument for someone with small hands, but it will work amazingly well for players with average size (or larger) hands and fingers.
Woods used Back, sides, head, fingerboard: Honduras mahogany Top: western red cedar Fingerboard veneer: wenge
String setup Four strings, .016, .016, .026RW, .034RW Baritone, AEA tuning
Dimensions VSL (scale length): 29 1/4" Fingerboard width: 1 1/2" Overall: 37 1/2" x 7 3/4" x 3 1/4" Body: 30" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/2"
Nut, bridge, frets 1.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 13.5 frets included Micarta nut and bridge material Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, and 14 (double)
Options Traditional flat head Tuning machines: enclosed gear, black finish
Also included Strap buttons Deluxe rigid case with shoulder straps
Luthier Steve Ash
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