Our Heritage 15/14 dulcimer has a floating solid spruce soundboard. Spruce is the wood most often used for violin and guitar tops and piano soundboards. Floating means that the soundboard is not glued to the dulcimer. The soundboard is held on by the pressure of the strings. This allows the soundboard to move slightly and expand and contract slightly with the changes in humidity and the seasons of the year. The tone of the instrument is very balanced. The sustain is not too short (plunky, like a banjo) and not too long (like a piano with the damper pedal held down). The low notes are not boomy as they are on some dulcimers. The highest notes sound out strong, not trailing off to a distant plink.
The internal structure of the Heritage dulcimer is hard maple, with a 3/8 plywood back for strength and stability. The exterior is trimmed with cherry.
The Heritage dulcimer comes with a gooseneck tuning wrench, a set of double sided playing hammers, tuning chart and First Tunes booklet.
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