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Dulcimer volume question

Hello Folks, I have a well known brand of dulcimer that I'm not satisfied with the volume. It is a rosewood back and sides, with a cedar to…

Started by Terry Evans

12 Feb 5
Reply by Bill Davenport

A W Jeffreys Jr.

Is A W Jeffreys Jr. the same person as A W Jefferys and what would dulcimers he made in the 60's be worth today? CD

Started by CD

82 Feb 4
Reply by John Shaw

Can anyone tell me anything about this dulcimer McSpadden Teardrop Dulcimer ?

The label on the inside states that it is number "41831" "Model: FT34W" and it is SIGNED BY LYNN MCSPADDEN "Oct. 2000". I paid $280. For it…

Started by John Blase

5 Jan 28
Reply by Kenneth W. Longfield

Using a non-dulcimer case for a case?

have you used anything other than a normal dulce case?.....I have my hondo teardrop inside of a old bass friend has a couple…

Started by RavenMadd Garcia

22 Jan 28
Reply by Dave Johnson

Your favorite dulcimer maker

Hi all!   I want to know who is your favorite dulcimer maker and why. I only have one dulcimer (Black Mountain 58DL) and know just a bunch…

Started by David SLR

68 Jan 11
Reply by Patty from Virginia

Aeolus Dulcimers

As dulcimer brands go, Aeolus isn't very well known, so I wanted to take a moment and talk about why I like this brand so much. I have own…

Started by Guy Babusek

1 Jan 9
Reply by Guy Babusek

Where to place the nickel and dime?

I apologize if I am walking a well-worn path with this question but I could not find a definitive answer in previous posts. Where exactly i…

Started by Maryann Lang

1 Jan 8
Reply by John C. Knopf

Does anyone know these two makers

I have two hourglass dulcimers from two different makers. One is JR Stone from Boone, N.C. made Feb. 1983 with scroll head and friction tun…

Started by Matthew Smith

0 Dec 22, 2013

Anyone heard of this maker??

Hi there!! Wondering if anyone has heard of either of this maker before.   The name is Gillian Thomas from Hickory North Carolina. There is…

Started by moonshine

6 Dec 22, 2013
Reply by Kenneth W. Longfield

What are the advantages (or disadvantages) of an ebony fretboard overlay?

Appearance preferences aside, I am curious how an ebony fretboard overlay affects the playing ease and/or acoustical qualities of a dulcim…

Started by Larry Edward Smith

16 Dec 13, 2013
Reply by Guy Babusek


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