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need looong mt. dulcimer case

GUEST,Sandy Andina 06 Oct 09 - 04:06 AM
Jack Campin 06 Oct 09 - 07:39 AM
fretless 06 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM
GUEST,Fred (Beetle) Bailey 06 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM
fretless 06 Oct 09 - 10:46 AM
Bill D 06 Oct 09 - 11:49 AM
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Subject: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 04:06 AM

Recently purchased an hourglass-shaped Fred Martin hand-carved mountain dulcimer. This thing is longer than any of my other dulcimers (longer than my Larrivee Parlour guitar), and none of my soft or hardshell cases will fit it. I hesitate to have a Colorado case custom made, as it would cost nearly as much as the dulcimer itself (and a Calton would cost three times as much as the dulcimer)!   The standard long black cordura bags don't fit it (unless it stays open at one end, and neither does my padded golf-bag-sized double dulcimer bag. No luck yet logging into EverythingDulcimer.com. No vendor except Colorado or Calton even offer a custom case. Anyone know of those old-fashioned quilted drawstring bags that they used to sell in Tennessee back in the 1980s? (I had one for my first McSpadden, but my cat used it for, uh, projectile excretion target practice). Only thing I have is a Clam CaseXtreme I bought for a guitar (and am willing to sell), but the dulcimer would rattle around inside it, it won't fit in a car trunk or airplane overhead, and I am not confident of its water-resistance (there are gaps when it closes).


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Subject: RE: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 07:39 AM

Make one? I have lots of non-standard-sized instruments and I make cases for them out of thin plywood and bits of angle moulding, lined with Polarfleece or similar. Takes time but I can do it with no specialist tools beyond a small saw, craft knives, hand drill and screwdriver.


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Subject: RE: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: fretless
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM

I agree with Jack, a solid wooden dulcimer case is relatively easy to design and construct. But you mentioned that you wanted something that is water resistant, which is trickier. The simple wooden cases I've built would protect an instrument in a light rainfall, but would leak in a downpour. Sewing a soft case with a cushioned interior and water proof fabric exterior wouldn't take more than rudimentary sewing skills, but of course you'd lose the protection you would have with a firm case.
Send a PM is you're in the DC area and want to take a look at the wooden case I made for my wife's dulcimer.


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Subject: RE: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: GUEST,Fred (Beetle) Bailey
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM

Sandy -
If you're in the US, just take the dulcimer down to your friendly neighborhood gun shop or shooters supply and get a rifle bag to fit --
then get a sticker made up for it that says "I'll give up my dulcimer when you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers!"

Actually, they work nicely and there's a large and varied selection.


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Subject: RE: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: fretless
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 10:46 AM

Gun case is a spectacular idea! And it puts a whole new spin on Woody's old "This Machine Kills Fascists" case label; not to mention all the interesting conversations you will have with the kindly folks in airport security.

But it should do the job, and be water resistant, too.


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Subject: RE: need looong mt. dulcimer case
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 11:49 AM

If both sturdy AND waterproof are required, a 'fitted' wooden case with a some sort of external bag for special occasions might suffice.

I made myself a wooden dulcimer case years ago, and I know that in an emergency, I have large 'contractor grade' trash bags I could slip it in and seal it off from the elements.


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