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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
 
4.3

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Well built / quality (9)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (14), Experienced (10)

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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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

Apple Creek makes a great dulcimer

By RLJmusic13

from In a trailer park by a cornfield

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • FUN to play
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Fun with music
    • Practicing

    Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

    I am a fan of old time music, mountain music and bluegrass. I finally decided to get a dulcimer and saw this one and got it. YES I did have to do a minor set up on this dulcimer but all instruments will need some kind of set up. In this case it as a minor nut and saddle adjustment. That is a normal thing to do on most instruments anyhow. Now lets get to the tone and other stuff. This has a sweet tone and you could mic this instrument or even get a pickup installed and really have some fun if you need to play it on stage. I bought a dulcimer capo (you need to look those up and find a seller) I bought the Apple Creek gig bag and the book too. Then I ended up getting the Mel Bay Dulcimer Chord Book. You get a pick and a noter to get you started with this dulcimer. I do not use the noter but I might at some point. Making chords on this dulcimer can sweeten up your music a lot on this traditional instrument VERY EASY to play. Another thing you might want to get later is a dulcimer players chair, a foot stool and some of that non slip drawer liner. That is what you place on your lap and set you dulcimer on that to keep it from slipping while playing. there are video on you tube where you will find this tip and some lessons too. Really easy to carry around and you might even want to find a jam session or old time music group or even a dulcimer festival. This is an instrument that is easy to play and lots of fun too. WARNING: you may become addicted to this instrument.

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    5.0

    An Excellent Value

    By Dave L

    from Warren, NJ

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Taking Lessons

      Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

      I have just begun learning to play the dulcimer. I chose this product because it was inexpensive, and I was not sure I'd have the aptitude or long-term interest to continue, and wanted to minimize the amount spent on an uncertain new interest. So far, I enjoy learning, practicing, and entertaining myself with it.

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      5.0

      Great instrument!

      By Bruce

      from Canton Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

          I purchased one for my Daughter as a gift and after playing hers , I bought one for myself.

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          5.0

          For an inexpensive starter instrument, it is very nice.

          By n/z

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By TheLangley

              from Eastern NC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                Bought this as a 'test' run. Very pleased with the quality.

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                5.0

                First dulcimer

                By Patty

                from New Carlisle. oH

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

                    I am learning and it is going well.

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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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                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best price by far

                      By liljoan

                      from melbourne, AUS

                      About Me Novice

                      Comments about Apple Creek Dulcimer:

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

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I love it!

                      By LillyG716

                      from Arizona

                      About Me Experienced

                      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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