Dusty Strings D670 Hammered Dulcimer
From Dusty Strings:
- 4½ octaves overall range
- 3½ octaves chromatic range
- solid sapele soundboard and back
- traditional 5th-interval tuning
- 19/18 configuration with a 9-course super bass bridge on the right and left
- reinforced with carbon fiber for stability
"The D670 is our ultimate chromatic hammered dulcimer. Building on the popularity of the D650, the D670 adds a feature that players have long been yearning for - the ability to play those low, soul-satisfying super bass notes on the right side as well as the left. The addition of the second super bass bridge to the right of the bass bridge puts those notes within reach for any arrangement that incorporates low bass, and it does this without sacrificing the tonal qualities that are so beloved on the D650. In fact, there is a unique stereo-like effect, with the bass notes seeming to emanate from both sides of the instrument.
Working closely with our design partner, Sam Rizzetta, we developed what we're calling a "dual-density bridge system" to optimize the tonal balance across the range. In the upper register, we're using jatoba, a very dense and articulate South American tonewood, which brings out the clear, ringing bell tones of the high notes. Slightly lighter density Eastern hard maple in the mid and lower ranges facilitates a full, warm, round tone. This combination surrounds the player with a balanced blend of clarity, responsiveness, sparkle and warmth.
The 600 series models have often been called the grand pianos of the hammered dulcimer world because of their large range and deep, powerful sound, and this is in part due to their relatively substantial size and mass. While these models are still portable, it takes reasonable strength to carry them. We've found it helps to distribute the weight between the shoulder strap and the low hand-grip on the case - and limit your walking distance!
Starting in 2011, we began incorporating carbon fiber into the internal bracing of our Chromatic Series dulcimers, improving upon their existing reputation for excellent tuning stability. With a stiffer frame, the tuning stability has gone from excellent to truly exceptional, a benefit that any dulcimer player will appreciate wholeheartedly.
The C600 case is available separately.
Note: If you think you might want dampers, we'd encourage you to consider ordering them along with your instrument. On our Chromatic Series dulcimers, the dampers are complicated enough that they require custom fitting for each instrument to make sure they function well. It is possible for us to install them later, but it will require shipping your dulcimer to our shop in Seattle.
Included: Gooseneck tuning wrench and large double-sided hammers."
The D670 Dulcimer can be ordered as the dulcimer only (with the accessories noted above), or with the additional options of Dampers and/or a C600 Case.
*If the dulcimer you wish to order is not in stock, please contact us so we can discuss the timing and payment.*