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Apple Creek Dulcimer  

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This beautiful mountain dulcimer is an affordable introduction to the world of stringed instruments. A decent choice for folk song accompaniment.This...Read More

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Great deal on an entry-level dulcimer.

This beautiful mountain dulcimer is an affordable introduction to the world of stringed instruments. A decent choice for folk song accompaniment.

This student teardrop dulcimer has a laminated spruce top, back, and sides with a solid maple neck and fingerboard.

FEATURES
  • Laminated spruce top, back, and sides
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • Length: 31"
  • Body depth: 1-7/8"
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Apple CreekDulcimer
 
4.2

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (12), Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Checks Out Fine

    Purchased for my Daughter-in-law (non-player) for Christmas. An amatuer luthier, I checked it thouroughly for a couple of weeks before it arrived because I didn't want to give her garbage. All of...Read complete review

    Purchased for my Daughter-in-law (non-player) for Christmas. An amatuer luthier, I checked it thouroughly for a couple of weeks before it arrived because I didn't want to give her garbage. All of the seams were tight, the fretboard was straight, the tuners moved smoothly, the nut was cut correctly, and the bridge had been positioned so that the intonation was right on when fretted at the octave. Now, in practice: it accepted a tuning readily and held it very well over the course of vigourous play and the two weeks. The sound is very nice and much along the lines of a good folk-crafted traditional dulcimer. That is to say it sounds like a dulcimer and not a guiter or any other kind of stringed instrument. The strings as delivered are an uninspired economy brand but absolutely servicable to get started playing. I would order a couple of sets of D'Addario or Martins and change them when the student is ready for the first string-changing lesson.
    Bottom Line: What a helluva value for the money! Heck yes, buy one: learn to play, give it to someone, take it hiking to protect your expensive one, save it for teaching kids. You just can't touch this value for this money - leave the cardboard out of your plans.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A good introductory or teaching instrument as long

    I am new to dulcimer playing but as with learning the dulcimer itself, learning about dulcimers comes rather quickly too! As I said, I believe this is a great first-time dulcimer for an...Read complete review

    I am new to dulcimer playing but as with learning the dulcimer itself, learning about dulcimers comes rather quickly too! As I said, I believe this is a great first-time dulcimer for an unsure hobbyist or a younger student. You get exactly what you pay for here?a playable, fairly good looking little dulcimer. What you don't get is the presence, volume, and woody sweetness that you get from other dulcimers, but all that should be obvious I suppose.The only complaint I have with my little dulcimer is that the nut and bridge seems to be a hurriedly-done thing that doesn't allow the strings to ring as they should. I am taking some height off of the both of them and re-cutting the string slots so that should fix the problem. The fit and finish of the rest of the dulcimer is almost perfect. If you want to sit in your living room and enjoy learning about and playing a real traditional American instrument on the cheap, this is the ticket. After you've worn out 8 or 10 sets of strings on this thing, hang it on your wall as dcor?or better yet, give it to a kid who'd love it, and then go lay out two or three bills on a much better dulcimer your now ready for. That's just my nickel's worth! Good luck deciding!

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    5.0

    Perfect for the Classroom

    By Elementary Music Teacher

    from Aurora, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

      This is a great instrument to use in your classroom! I use these dulcimers with my elementary general music class and they absolutely love playing them. The instrument is easy enough to play simple tunes to ensure success for all students, even those with special needs.

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      5.0

      Best price by far

      By liljoan

      from melbourne, AUS

      About Me Novice

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        Cons

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            Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

            Really simple transaction, easy to track package and arrived in perfect condition.

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            4.0

            Good looking intstrument

            By Non-musical

            from Moncks Corner, SC

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Nicely made

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Practicing

            Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

            Purchased this as gift for my Wife. She had hoped to find one in her mother's home when we cleaned it out, but it was not there. She had the books her mother had, but no dulcimer. This was very affordable, and shipping was prompt. Well packed for shipping also.

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            5.0

            I love it!

            By LillyG716

            from Arizona

            About Me Experienced

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                  I just got my dulcimer today and I love it! Yes, it is my first one and I do plan on maybe upgrading in a long while, but for now I am just so excited to have it! It is really fun and very easy to learn and play. We have already had a few sing-a-longs at my house accompanied by this beauty! I am very pleased with this purchase!

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                  5.0

                  my sister loves it

                  By Mackenzie

                  from North Babylon, NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                      I bought it for my sister who plays many instruments including guitar, and whose old dulcimer just broke recently. She lives it! It's beautiful and sounds great.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      good, inexpensive, but lower the action

                      By Bones

                      from Greenbelt, MD

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                          Dulcimer was a great price and sounds good. The action was too high and made it more difficult to play, but I lowered the strings by filing the place where the strings rest on the bridge and it is fine now.

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                          4.0

                          Nice

                          By Randymann

                          from Illinois

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Nice For Beginner

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                            Very nice instrument. Great for beginner-intermediate. My wife and I are both learning. Pretty easy. Good price, good value.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great value

                            By S3305

                            from Mississippi

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Beginner
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                              Surprisingly good quality for the price. Nice feel and sound.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              A Nice Little Dulcimer

                              By Johno

                              from Milton, WV

                              About Me Experienced

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent

                              Cons

                              • Poor Action

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                                Though I have limited experience with a dulcimer, I have extensive experience with stringed instruments - playing them and repairing them. This little affordable player is simple, though attractive, clean, and has a sweet voice. With a little filing on the nut and saddle to improve action, and replacing the stock stings, it is a wonderful little starter dulcimer for any age.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Nice beginner dulcimer

                                By Dr. Donna Jo

                                from Anderson, SC

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Size For Traveling
                                • Well made

                                Cons

                                • Frets A Little Off

                                Best Uses

                                • Beginner
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                                This is my first dulcimer and I have enjoyed learning to use it the past few weeks. I have played guitar for years. It is a 6 1/2 fret model, a couple of the frets are slightly misplaced and had to be adjusted to tune perfectly. Very well made for the money. Tone is not great, to be expected for the size, but it's wonderful to travel with and will meet my needs (strumming chords along to songs) perfectly. If you want to do fancy fingering and picking and obtain beautiful tone, buy a better instrument, but for a beginner using a noter, this one is great.

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