NOTE: This is the package deal, if you're looking for the individual spruce top, try this.
The Merlin M4 Series stick dulcimers are great instruments for beginners and accomplished travelers alike! And this package deal will get you started and keep you going. It includes:
- Seagull Merlin M4 (spruce top)
- Seagull strap (ties at headstock)
- Seagull nylon black gig carry bag (highly durable!)
- Spare set of Merlin strings
- Merlin starter instruction booklet
The Merlin's wider neck and shorter body length makes it a great learning tool for younger hands, while their sturdy construction make them perfect for the traveling musician in you. And that's why we included the case!
It ships tuned to D (DADD), but could easily be tuned up or down by a whole step, if needed.
The Merlin line typically projects more natural sound volume than many stick dulcimers, due to its larger body construction (sound hole / sound cavity), and 4th string. And where the traditional pickin' stick style often sounds more like a banjo or mandolin, the Merlin is more similar to a guitar.
All Merlins are crafted with Canadian maple neck-thru-body construction, and they come in both spruce and mahogany tops. Seagull also offers an "EQ" model in both top styles, which includes an electric pickup to plug into an amplifier or computer recording device, as well as a built-in tuner (which is so nice!)... for those times when you want to rock out in a different sort of way, while still making sure you're in tune.