"Andrew The kits did not have serial numbers. This is a dulcimer that was made in the shop. D40 means mahogany plywood and hardwood. It originally came with 9 9 13 and 26 bronze wound strings. Clean it with a soft cloth."
"Howdy Howard, yes, I was looking for a smaller dulcimer to take on a plane to China a year ago. I found a cardboard one ( ! ) that worked well that I left behind for the kids. Still thinking. Still looking. I am dreaming of a sweet sweet sound. Need…"
Howdy Howard, yes, I was looking for a smaller dulcimer to take on a plane to China a year ago. I found a cardboard one ( ! ) that worked well that I left behind for the kids. Still thinking. Still looking. I am dreaming of a sweet sweet sound. Need to restart my lessons with Peter T. Broke a couple ribs over there and the pain is finally gone so can consider it again.
I just purchased a Folkroots D50S model 812755. The interesting thing for me is on either side of the Folkroots label is stamped "SECOND". The instrument sounds great.
I was wondering what were some of the reasons a dulcimer was deemed a "SECOND"?
Sorry for the delayed response, work got in the way as usual. Yes, I was an avid collector at the time collecting anything from antique bottles and beer cans to comic books and art. Anything old fancied me!
I was afraid you were going to say that, I have hung on to it all these years because it is so beautiful. I might just have to keep it. Thanks so much Howard for your input, you really helped remind me as to why I bought it to begin with!
Yes Howard, I do know you. I worked for Michael a couple days a week when Capritaurus was still a video store. I grew up in west Zayante and was in the valley for 40 years before I moved to Alaska. I miss the redwoods and the colorful people of the Santa Cruz mountains, but am more than happy now on my island in Alaska. Ask Michael if he can associate something that might remind you of me. I was always cutting berry bushes back in the back of the store when it was slow at the counter and hauling them away in my pick up truck.
Anyway, what is a fair price for that dulcimer? I would really like to find a good home for it. Thanks for getting back to me.
My name is David Pearce and I used to work at Capritaurus Video back in the early 90's for your Brother Michael. Instead of accepting money, I would often trade for music, movies or instruments. Well the truth is as much as I wanted to play, I was just not gifted in that department. I own what I believe Michael said was the last dulcimur Rugg and Jackle made? Peering through the heart a looking at the Folk Roots label I can see a set of numbers: 0550s and also below that 159. There might be another number before the 1 but the label is pinched between the bottom and side pieces. Anyway, I would like to know more about this beautiful piece. I have kept it around as art, but now would like to sell it to someone who can make it sing. Here in Juneau Alaska, we hold a large (For Alaska) Folk music festival once a year and all kinds of talent comes through. Many I am sure are familiar with your work and would be very interested in such an instrument. Would you mind taking the time to tell more about this dulcimer and what it's value might be. Thank you in advance Howard and it was good to find you after all these years. Attached are some photo's.