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Appalachian APD-1 Pickin Pac Full Size Dulcimer Outfit


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  • Full-size, hour glass shaped Mountain Dulcimer with heart shaped sound holes
  • Solid spruce top with maple body and neck construction Rosewood fingerboard
  • Geared pegs for accurate and easy tuning
  • An easy-to-learn instructional DVD
  • A durable black nylon gig bag foradded instrument protection An adjustable strap, pitch pipe


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Appalachian APD-1 Pickin Pac Full Size Dulcimer Outfit + D'Addario J64 4-String Dulcimer Strings + Mel Bay First Lessons Dulcimer
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9.1 x 36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000SB8D46
  • Item model number: APD-1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,312 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 22, 2007

Product Description

The APD-1 Appalachian Pickin' Pac® for Mountain Dulcimer is a true representation of the old-timey mountain life-style and instrument an important part of that rich mountain sound. Being one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play, it is always a good choice for the beginner musician of the family. Each Dulcimer is professional-quality and made in the traditional way. Appalachian Pickin Pac Full Size Dulcimer Outfit has a Solid Spruce Top, Maple Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard.

Customer Reviews

It was a GREAT hit with children and grandchildren over the holidays.
R. Davis
It looks pretty enough and came with the nice case in which to store it UNDER THE BED!
Amy C. Bohannon
The whole thing seemed very, very cheaply made out of poor quality wood.
J. Klingler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By R. Latker on May 17, 2009
Because of its inherent simplicity, the dulcimer is a difficult instrument to get wrong. People with little or no musical background can usually make nice sounds even with poor quality instruments like this one.

But this factory-made dulcimer costs more, and is of much lower quality, than the hand-made student instruments available from several luthiers in the United States. It has terrible pitch accuracy and very thin sound. The steel bar in the headstock is a failed design US makers abandoned years ago.

Consider also the authenticity of an instrument like this, which purports to be "a true representation of the old-timey mountain life-style." It makes much more sense to support a US craftsman with your purchase, rather than Asian factories and US mega-retailers, especially when the US-made product is a superior one at equal or lower cost. The product you see here exists solely because it fits the volume sourcing model of US importers.

This isn't a political "buy American" pitch. There are a few very nice dulcimers made in Germany, Australia and the UK. But those are generally very high-end instruments costing big money and requiring considerable lead time.

It would be inappropriate in this review to make specific recommendations for a student dulcimer, but log on to any online dulcimer player's forum and you'll quickly discover that in the dulcimer world, factory imports from Asia and Eastern Europe just don't compete with student instruments from the US. That's why lines of imported factory dulcimers almost always fail in the marketplace.

Too bad we can't say the same thing about automobiles and consumer electronics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Klingler on June 4, 2013
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This, to put in simply, is a piece of crap. The stain or whatever finish that was on the wood, was coming off on my hands. The strings were cheap. The whole thing seemed very, very cheaply made out of poor quality wood. I am not sure where it is made, but seems like it came from a factory in China. Needless to say, I sent it back, and bought one that was made in the US... from a local music store. I paid about three times more, but it was worth it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Holst on September 29, 2008
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Product was accurately described. Good starter instrument. It's definitely an instrument that you will grow out of if you really love playing, but it's a good instrument at a good price if you are just looking to test it out.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2009
I purchased this dulcimer as a Christmas present for my 17 yr old son who was interested in learning how to play.

His Grandmother, who died in 2006 from cancer, played and we were fortunate to have her old dulcimers. Unfortunately, they are both cracked and beyond repair. The next best thing is to by another for him to learn on.

Within an hour of opening it on Christmas Morning, he was playing the "Wildwood Flower" and has really enjoyed learning many more songs. It is a great kit for anyone wanting to learn how to play without putting a whole pile of money out.

If he continues to show interest in playing we will probably invest in a more expensive model for better tone quality. All in all we are very pleased with this dulcimer pack. We have already recommended it to several friends whose children have expressed interest in learning to play the dulicmer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Loucks on August 6, 2012
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The tuning keys are loose and the instrument's strings lose their tightness very quickly. The accessories are nice. Based on the price, I wasn't expecting a high quality instrument; however, I was expecting the Dulcimer to be nicer than what it was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Musician Fabulous22 on February 27, 2013
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I Liked how this product was Packed and the Parts that came with this package were great like the pick and strap and etc..
But I Rank the DVD that came with it at a low -1.
I spent so much money on this instrument and the dvd that came with it on how to play it didn't teach me alot on how to play it cause there wasn't much there on the DVD and it said on the DVD if I wanted to learn more I could buy another product through them but I shouldn't have to they should of given me all the Information I needed from my package I bought the first time.
Now I'm so disappinted cause I can't find a Book on how to play it and now My instrument is in my room collecting dust cause I can't play it.
I would be nice If I could just get a book from somewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daryl J. Healey on October 9, 2013
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Let's address issues individually, shall we?

1: The picture shows this attractive, wood-tone instrument. When I opened the shipping box and the product package, this orange-stained thing was inside. Always one to place sound over aesthetics, I used a digital tuner and then strummed an open chord - not bad at all. That is until I checked it's intonation by attempting to self tune it. The 4th fret position on the A string was down almost a half step from the double melody D strings. Any attempt at a chord was really bad. The action on the fretboard was so high, that playing the thing was on the verge of being uncomfortable.

2: The pitch pipe is useless. It took so much wind to get a response from it, that I felt like I was going to hyperventilate.

3: The gig bag is a flimsy canvas bag that sags under the weight of the instrument. Most gig bags will at least protect in a fall, not a chance here.

4: The noter is a plain piece of wood doweling, that looks like it's a piece of scrap from some kid's wood shop project.

5: The accompanying DVD smelled like it had been in a house fire. The instructor on the DVD is an excellent player, who has been playing for "16 years". A teacher, however he is not.

At least the strap and the pick were nice.

Avoid this one, am going with a better model.
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