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kvehe
02-04-2014, 07:01 AM
Elderly called this morning to tell me that the Merlins are in and ready for delivery:

http://www.seagullguitars.com/seagull_merlin.html

http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/MERLIN-M.htm

It was kind of funny - the woman said, "May I ask - what are you going to do with it?" I said I had no idea, but it looked cool.

She then said that she thought it was way cool, and she was going to buy one too.

connor013
02-04-2014, 09:08 AM
Ooooooooooooo -- that looks pretty interesting. Congrats.

Maybe you'll give us a review?

coolkayaker1
02-04-2014, 09:57 AM
Interesting, Kathryn. Tuned DADD. wow, you wont even need a tuner--just tune three strings the same and one a little off.

kvehe
02-04-2014, 10:02 AM
Thanks, guys. I read about it and pre-ordered it on Christmas Day - I decided I deserved a little extra something since I couldn't get to Chicago for the holidays. It should be fun.

PhilUSAFRet
02-04-2014, 02:45 PM
Wow, if I want a "strumstick" type of instrument, I guess this is going to have to be it. A Seagull, has to sound better than it's competitor's models. There are alternate tunings that can be used as well.

kvehe
02-04-2014, 03:23 PM
The Seagull name is what sold me. I love their guitars.

Macmuse
02-04-2014, 04:12 PM
The Seagull name is what sold me. I love their guitars.

I'll be interested to hear what you think of the sound. I can't find any clips of it (so far). I have a walnut dulcimer and wonder how this compares. :)

DaleR
02-04-2014, 08:15 PM
bouzouki lite...:D

PhilUSAFRet
02-05-2014, 01:15 AM
I'll be interested to hear what you think of the sound. I can't find any clips of it (so far). I have a walnut dulcimer and wonder how this compares. :)

Here's one, wait for the chatting to end and the playing to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgyPG_91HaQ

DaleR
02-05-2014, 01:39 AM
That is cool!!!

PhilUSAFRet
05-06-2014, 11:08 PM
So how's that Merlin working out for ya?

kvehe
05-09-2014, 03:47 AM
It's a fun instrument. As they say, there are no bad notes, so it's easy for uncreative me to compose little tunes. I'm having a great time, but I understand that it's not for everyone.

coolkayaker1
05-09-2014, 05:13 AM
Is that tuning odd? Do you use the familiar ukulele chords, Kathryn?

ramone
05-09-2014, 06:29 AM
Is that tuning odd? Do you use the familiar ukulele chords, Kathryn?

I'm not Kathryn, but I feel I can answer your question. mountain dulcimers are usually tuned D A Dd but there are different tunings that can be used. they don't have all the frets that a ukulele has so the chord shapes are different.

http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/articles/11/how-to-tune.pdf

we tigers
05-09-2014, 06:45 AM
a friend of mine has one and I played it when I visited him. It was a fun instrument. We called it a Brüko no.6 that had an little encounter with a truck...
Super fun, cool sound and a very reasonable price tag.

HeavyDuty
05-23-2014, 04:19 AM
I just broke down and bought a mahogany topped one myself - I want it for Celtic.

YogenFruz
06-16-2014, 11:07 PM
I have one as well. It's so much fun and like others have said, impossible to play a wrong note on, except the 7th all the way up the fretboard.

HeavyDuty
07-31-2014, 03:01 AM
I'm still enjoying mine, but not having a bag is getting annoying. Has anyone found a gigbag that works for these?

coolkayaker1
07-31-2014, 03:14 AM
I'm not Kathryn, but I feel I can answer your question. mountain dulcimers are usually tuned D A Dd but there are different tunings that can be used. they don't have all the frets that a ukulele has so the chord shapes are different.

http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/articles/11/how-to-tune.pdf

Thanks, ramone. I'm still learning the regular uke chords, so learning all new chords makes my head ache.

Heavy, what does it sound like, this case-less, uniquely chorded and uncommon instrument? Thanks.

HeavyDuty
07-31-2014, 04:06 AM
Heavy, what does it sound like, this case-less, uniquely chorded and uncommon instrument? Thanks.

It has a light, airy tone with moderate volume. I'm miserable at describing sounds with words, so I'm going to suggest YouTube for a better description - there are quite a few videos of these.

HeavyDuty
07-31-2014, 04:07 AM
I just saw your location - if you'd like to try it, let me know!

mr79
07-31-2014, 04:09 AM
I had one earlier this year - I already had a long scale stick dulcimer, and decided it'd be fun to turn the Merlin chromatic by adding in the 'missing' frets (also added a bone nut and ebony and bone saddle too)... it was really fun played in ADF# (cigar box people call it 'Devil's Tuning').

I put some pictures on a post once upon a time... here it is:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?94300-Seagull-Merlin-Dulcimer-Modified!

I sold it to fund another project, and always kind of regretted it...

HeavyDuty
08-05-2014, 02:38 AM
I found an inexpensive bag at Amazon that works well for the Merlin:

http://www.amazon.com/Trophy-AC50-Applecreek-Dulcimer-Gig/dp/B0002F5GYS

It was less than $20 delivered to my door.

cletus
10-02-2014, 02:07 PM
I've been watching videos... these things are really cool. Very tempting.