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Thread #60344   Message #2379475
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
02-Jul-08 - 04:51 PM
Thread Name: Building a mountain dulcimer
Subject: RE: Building a mountain dulcimer
Since this thread has some discussion of what makes a good dulcimer I'll revive it to say that I've put one of my father's dulcimers up for sale at eBay. It has attracted a lot of watchers and quite a number of hits (considering it's a plain ol' dulcimer and not a potato chip shaped like Bob Hope's profile or the state of Illinois).

This is the lesser of his two mountain dulcimers, one he had made (or bought ready-made) to be given to a friend about 25 years ago and it eventually made its way back to me and we're paying for college and decluttering at the same time, so I'm selling some of the instruments. (The one I'm keeping was custom made for him and sounds marvelous--but both of these are the kind of instrument that when you pick it up and strum it you want to learn to to make music on it.)

Item 300237601985 is the dulcimer I've made an attempt to describe (I don't play it and I had to do some research just to know which were the best photos to take of it).

I have realized I ought to give a head's up here at Mudcat in case anyone has a lot of cash burning a hole in their pocket and is dying to have a very nice older instrument. It both sounds lovely and is beautiful to look at. I didn't name my father in the auction, but quite a few of you know who he was, and as he collected folk instruments over the years he bought some very nice and rather expensive ones. I wish I'd gotten one of his guitars, but I didn't, and we have a couple for my son, and now a couple of superfluous instruments will go on eBay as I have time to research and then pack them.   

Thanks to Deckman for giving me a little more information about this maker. After 25 or 30 years I can't track him down, which isn't surprising, but a little information is nice to have.