thanks.... that mitchell stuff sounds interesting...i'll look it up!
dulcimer, my fretboard is 1 7/16" wide, and the distance between the 1st and 4rth strings is almost 1 1/4 ". how much wider is that than standard? i have honestly rarely played any other dulcimer. i assume mine is built wider to make it easier to play 4 note chords. it works well for me. i have long thin fingers, which aids the big stretches.
the reason i went for the model i did is because i went with lorraine's advice. i have to say that it is a fabulous dulcimer. if i ever get another, i'll get it from dwain, but he has a 7 year waiting list,..,..
actually, i was just talking to him about having a bowing bridge made for my dulcimer. have you ever heard of/experienced that? i can't wait. i'll need to find a small used suzuki bow now...