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I managed to purchase this 1995 McSpadden SS-W on E-Bay last night. It's signed by George Looney, the seller says. I am looking forward to receiving it soon! I think I got a pretty good deal at $178 plus S&H. (If I got fleeced, don't tell me!)

I immediately ordered Madeline MacNeil's "Mel Bay You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer" from Amazon, not that I'm anxious to get started or anything.

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Comment by Ken Longfield on April 7, 2014 at 8:51pm

Steve, congratulations on purchasing this dulcimer. Those Sweet Songs are very nice instruments. I am sure you will enjoy playing it.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Comment by Robin Thompson on April 7, 2014 at 8:43pm
Wishing your dulcimer safe travels! :)
Steve, playing dulcimer has given me hours of great pleasure; I wish the same for you. Happy strumming!
Comment by Rick Kennedy on April 7, 2014 at 3:47pm

It is an attractive instrument--for a lesser price, I would have enjoyed it.  I did not continue because I play noter/drone style (which can be played on a modern instrument, of course, but there are differences).  I hope you enjoy it!

Comment by Steve Timberlake on April 7, 2014 at 3:21pm

Rick, here's the story of the bidding:

If you started it, let me thank you for not persevering. ;)

Comment by Rick Kennedy on April 7, 2014 at 2:59pm

I was following that auction--I think I might even have gotten the ball rolling.  I think it is a good deal.  Love to hear how it sounds.

Comment by Patty from Virginia on April 7, 2014 at 2:52pm

Steve, from all appearances looks like you got a good deal.

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