ROOSEBECK EUROPEAN MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 5-STRING SCHEITHOLT-STYLE

  • Strings: 2-Melody, 2-Middle & 1-Bass
  • European Style Box Body
  • 2 of 5 Strings are noted, 3 are Drones
  • Birch Soundboard, Light Colored, Straight Grained
  • Unadorned Peg Head with Friction Tuners
  • Unique, Old-World Design
This European Mountain Dulcimer is, a folksy instrument in the zither family, also known as a Scheitholt. The German immigrants of the mid-1700's brought the Scheitholt to Pennsylvania and other parts of Colonial America.

This dulcimer has 5 strings; two strings run over the frets and are noted, while the other three strings are drones. The frame is sheesham and the soundboard is birch. There are two sound-holes on the front and one on the back. It is played like the American Mountain Dulcimer.

Traditionally, mountain dulcimers had three, equally spaced, strings: a melody string, a middle string, and a bass string. Later developments created a 4-string dulcimer by changing the string spacing and doubling the melody string. Doubling the melody string created greater volume to the melody line. Contemporary dulcimers, such as ours, include extra notches on the nut to allow more personalized string patterns. The inside doubled melody string can be removed completely to revert to the traditional 3-string set-up. Or the Inside melody string and the middle string can both be moved over one notch to create an equal spacing between all four strings. Find the set-up that works best for you.

It includes a pick and noter.

Measures 34" long x 5" wide and 2" high (863.6 x 127 x 50.8 mm).

Suggested tuning:
D4 Melody pair
A3 Drone pair
D3 Drone single

Strings

Special note on strings

There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings every 3-4 months. It is always a good idea to keep an extra set of stings to replace any that may break. You should always wipe down your strings with a clean dry cloth after use. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.

 

Weight & Size  

Item Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Item Length: 34 Inches
Item Height: 2 Inches
Item Width: 4.75 Inches
Origin: PK
UPC: 844731027215
Packed Weight: 4 lbs.
Ship Weight: 8 lbs.
Ship Length: 36 Inches
Ship Height: 9 Inches
Ship Width: 5 Inches