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Buying a hourdrop

I recently saw an hourdrop dulcimer on this site and fell in love with it. I would like to buy one but I don't know what features I should…

Started by Karen Pounds

6 Aug 13, 2014
Reply by Terry Evans

Does wood make a difference?

I'm going to be buying my very first dulcimer, from Jim & Brenda Good of Mastertone. The choices are: lemonwood with wenge trim, poplar…

Started by Denise Holden

13 Aug 11, 2014
Reply by Dwain Wilder

Tips on a Homer Ledford

Just got a 1979 Ledford that I bought on ebay.  I have a few questions. What sting gauge should I use...right now there are 4 strings...the…

Started by Pamela Rossetti

8 Aug 8, 2014
Reply by Pamela Rossetti

Anyone familiar with Gallier Dulcimers?

Hi,  I have been looking at many different builders and have had many helpful replies from members on this site (Thanks!)  I recently came…

Started by Vivian Hays

13 Aug 2, 2014
Reply by Brian G.

Help Identifying this Mystery Dulcimer

Greetings!   My mom has an old dulcimer that we're trying to identify the maker of.   Both her and my dad (Howie Mitchell), have no memory…

Started by David Mitchell

8 Jul 30, 2014
Reply by John Shaw

Blue Dulcimer Force-d'Ossche

HI,  I am thinking of buying a Force dOssche...anyone have any experience with this dulcimer

Started by Pamela Rossetti

6 Jul 29, 2014
Reply by Kristi Keller

Neville Price Dulcimers

I have #85 Dulcimer by Neville Price of Shelbyville Indiana Rt 4 any info about this maker would be helpful it is a fine thing to play  tha…

Started by Peter Loose

2 Jul 22, 2014
Reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel

This can't be right, can it?

My first post, so I hope it's not rude to begin with a question, but... I got this on craigslist yesterday.  I know nothing about dulcimer…

Started by Salty Strings

23 Jul 11, 2014
Reply by Steven Berger

Siegrist Dulcimer question.

Started by Terry Roger Epling

5 Jul 2, 2014
Reply by Terry Roger Epling

Changing to Wooden Pegs?

Howdy  -  My dulcimer was originally made with wooden pegs in 1967, but unfortunately sometime between then and when I got it last fall som…

Started by Kitty L.

4 May 14, 2014
Reply by Jerry Holman


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