I have been representing the McSpaddens for probably 30 years or more. This "heart" soundhole design comes in the traditional "hourglass" shape. It is a 4 string instrument allowing for either a double melody string or 4 equal spaced strings which enables more involved chording possibilities. This particular instrument is made with Walnut sides, back, headstock and fretboard. The top, or soundboard, is Sitka Spruce.
Along with this beautiful instrument you also receive a padded cordura nylon gig bag with a zippered accessories pocket, an instructional book, pick and noter. The instruction book concentrates on D-A-A and D-A-D tuning (The dulcimer will be tuned D-A-D). These are probably the two most popular ways to tune your instrument. The book also gives you several strumming exercises, chord shapes (fingering positions), 17 popular songs and many helpful tips.