"The Hilton of Cadbol" 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer
The Hilton of Cadbol Dulcimer is named for this Dulcimer's particular rosette. Based off a carving in the top portion of The Hilton of Cadbol Stone, the pattern dates to 800AD. This mysterious ancient Pictish symbol has prevailed throughout the centuries and has been brought to life by the master woodworkers' at June Apple Dulcimers.
Our 16/15 model is characterized by its rich, full bass tones and an exceptionally bright treble. It offers additional keys and an extended lower range of notes, allowing greater versatility and embellishment by the player.
All 16/15's feature movable bridges that enable the top two courses of each bridge to be sharped (converting to chromatic) by sliding the bridge segments toward the center of the instrument. This capability is a popular feature among musicians who enjoy playing Celtic melodies.
The treble bridge contains 16 courses, with position markings for the keys of A, D, G, C, and F. The bass bridge contains 15 courses, with position markings for the keys of D, G, C, F, and B flat. The overall range is 3 octaves plus 1 note, from D (below middle C) to E (3 octaves above middle C).
Our 16/15 hammered dulcimer tops are made from center cut quarter-sawn western red cedar. The instrument sound-holes are handcrafted black walnut rosettes. The back is made of western red cedar soundboards and the upper and lower rails are black walnut, scalloped for resonance. The side pin blocks are made of laminated maple die block, black walnut, and mahogany. The side bridges are beech and the treble and bass bridges are black walnut with Delrin bridge bearings.
This hammered dulcimer is outfitted with our static balanced cherry hammers bearing the same emblem as the instrument's rosette, and a gooseneck tuning wrench.
Bottom rail 45 inches
Top rail 17 inches
Height 20-3/4 inches
Thickness 3-3/4 inches
Weight 18 pounds