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How would you like to have a combination dulcimer - half standard (normal DAD tuning) and half bass (low-octave DAD tuning)? Well, now you can! With the Folkcraft MaxDAD (tuned DADAD), you'll sound like an orchestra as you play your dulcimer.
The three strings closest to you are tuned like a standard dulcimer, and the three strings farthest from you are tuned like a bass dulcimer. If you had two separate instruments, the low string of the standard dulcimer would be the same pitch (and string gauge) as the high string of your bass dulcimer. So, we eliminated the duplicate string, leaving you with:
Melody string: high "D"Second string: "A", four notes lowerMiddle string: low "D", five notes lowerFourth string: low "A", four notes lowerBass string: really low D, five notes lower, and two full octaves lower than the melody string.
Sounds confusing? It isn't! Everything you already know about playing a standard mountain dulcimer applies to this instrument. Same chords, same melodies. You just have more range to work with!
Here are two videos (from the renowned Dave Haas) for you to enjoy:
Woods used Back, sides, fretboard, head: black walnut Top: butternut
String setup Five strings, .012, .015, .024RW, .032RW, .054RW Standard/Bass hybrid: DADAD tuning
Dimensions Overall: 37" x 8" x 3 1/2" Body: 31" x 8" x 2 1/4" VSL (scale length): 25" Fingerboard width: 2 1/4"
Nut, bridge, frets 1.5, 6.5, 8.5, 13.5, and 15.5 frets included Micarta nut and bridge material Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, 14 (double), and 17
Options Traditional flat head Enclosed gear tuners, chrome finish
Also included Strap buttons Padded case with shoulder strap
Luthier Jim Ash
Why should you choose a Folkcraft mountain dulcimer? Sound quality, appearance, and durability. We've been handcrafting mountain dulcimers since 1968, and many of the world's finest players, both amateur and professional, choose our dulcimers. Click here to see our roster of endorsing artists. You may also enjoy following the links provided to see each of them performing (with their Folkcraft dulcimers) on YouTube.
Are you ready to play this mountain dulcimer? Click the "Add To Cart" button below, and we'll ship the dulcimer right away with free FedEx shipping. Questions? Call Folkcraft (weekdays 8 AM to 6 PM, Eastern time) at (317) 539-1855. Maybe this instrument isn't perfect for you? Design your own mountain dulcimer, from classic to exotic, with our "design your own" tools found here.