The Student model mountain dulcimer is a budget friendly instrument that doesn't sacrifice quality for price. TK O'Brien's entry level dulcimer has a 26 inch fret scale length which makes it easier for smaller hands to finger chords. It has a solid Cedar top for a warm sound. The fret board is Mahogany. The back and sides are Mahogany ply. The head is an extension of the fret board and has white plastic button geared tuners. The dulcimer is made in the U.S.
The appearance of cedar varies from lighter tones to darker brownish tones. Soundhole options are hearts or a multi-circle pattern.