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new (to me, anyway) dulcimer design

lisa b.
lisa.bee
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 26
i just read about this seagull merlin this morning, and i am fascinated. very beautiful! has anyone seen it? and quite reasonably priced at $129 through elderly. here's the manufacturer's page: http://www.seagullgui...­ and one of several videos previewing the sound: https://www.youtube.c...­
Linda B.
user 46107242
Coraopolis, PA
Post #: 10
Wow, way cool, Lisa! It does sound like a dulcimer! I just ordered one and Elderly is offering a 10% discount on everything, so the price was 116, no tax, no shipping charges, until 08/11/2014! Thanks for sharing this!
lisa b.
lisa.bee
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 27
yay!! i can't wait to see and hear it. have you ever played a diatonic instrument before? can you still play along with anything, or does it have to be in certain keys?
Linda B.
user 46107242
Coraopolis, PA
Post #: 11
I have messed around with a mountain dulcimer before, but never played with anyone on another instrument. It doesn't have to be in any particular key, but this one works well in the key of D. There just aren't any sharps or flats to play. It can be capoed up to be in a different key, though. I will bring it to a meet up when I get it, which should be soon, as it shipped already!
Linda B.
user 46107242
Coraopolis, PA
Post #: 12
Oops...Since this is tuned to a D diatonic scale, there would be an F# and C# in the scale, so the frets would be D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#. Chords can be formed, or just individual notes. Should be fun!!
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