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The scheitholt is a Renaissance era German stringed instrument that is one of the earliest examples of Mountain dulcimer ancestry. My version is based on the description and woodcut illustration in "Syntagma Musicum", by Michael Praetorius, in 1614.

It is highly figured maple with ebony bridge and nut. This is a long and narrow instrument 42" long by 2.5" wide by 3" deep. The scale length is 34", giving this a full, sweet sound. The back has feet for playing on a table top.

The three strings are tuned E E A and are strummed like a Mountain dulcimer. Occasionally, scheitholts were played with a violin bow.

Scheitholt: 16th Century German Instrument


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