For quite along time there were requests for a hammered dulcimer that did everything. That had a pretty wide range and decent bass response without being large, which was pretty loud and yet pretty light. Although it is not possible to make a tuba the size of a tinwhistle, with some ingenuity it's possible to cram a lot of dulcimer into a smaller space, and the result is the Compact.
Rizzetta-designed bracing and copper alloy strings give it decent bass response, good dynamic range, forceful but not harsh sound, the compass and chromatics of a Forte, and modest size and weight. It is also extremely strong; I have checked one as baggage on a plane in a soft case more than a few times and found it to pick up nothing worse than a few dents, so for air travel I highly recommend it.
Redwood top, western red cedar back. 12 lbs, 38" wide, 17.5" broad, 3" deep (6 kilos, 96 x 44.5 x 8.8cm).
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