I got my Clemmer Tennessee Sweetie (Church) yesterday. It is really beautiful. I can't get over how "big" it sounds. It has a wonderful voice, for a little dulcimer. The intonation is great all the way up the fretboard. It has a sassafras top and walnut everything else. I had Mike engrave (or however he does it) a maple leaf on the headstock, since my husband and I are maple syrup producers. It's so nicely done...you can actually see the veins of the leaf. He does such a beautiful job and I just love the vine running up the fretboard (which also serves as position markers). I'm really happy with my new dulcimer, I just had to share pictures of it.
Very pretty, Susie. Though I don't own any of his instruments, he does make some nice ones!
I got to see one of Mike's Sweeties at Shelby last week (some one else bought it). It did sound really good, and was a joy to play.
Eye Candy!! How is the sustain? Mike builds wonderful instruments that are so easy to play.
Yes, Mike is really nice. I asked him if he can do the Lizards for me and he said yes. I did'nt know how this worked out untill i got the parcle. I'll be in New York in June, so that's why I ordered it now to save the unfortunately high postage to Germany :-) Have you seen, I have my Initiales at the place wher you got your Marple Leave. ;-)
Yes, he offered the initials to me too, but I wanted to make it special, tying it to the maple syrup. I thought about maple leaf soundholes, but when I've seen them on dulcimers, they really didn't move me. So I opted to have the maple leaf on the headstock. That way, I had him keep the whole vine motif on the instrument. I'm really happy with my decisions. Your lizard soundholes are nicely done. You're coming to the US and then picking up the dulcimer then is a great idea. When we make an RV trip to his area, we'll stop by his store. That might be bad for me, because I need another dulcimer/instrument, like I need a hole in the head. I would love to see your dulcimer when you get it in June. Is he personalizing that one?
Hi Susie, I would love to visit his shop, but from New York ist too far away. But maybe one time I will go there. So for me a good thing is to let him sent the Dulcimer to my Hotel. I will for sure make pictures and post it .... ahh can't wait.
Yes I asked him for a lot of specials :-) so we will see if he could do them all. I wrote him that if he has a better idea than I did or thinking that it did not work or sound well he could do it his way, no problem for me. So Im excited by now.