Recommendarions for Dulcimer Sight Unseen, Sound Unplayed
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This is all very helpful--thank you!
I do like the low action of the modern mountain dulcimer. My Warren May has a low action too--not as low as Lois's MMD, but very comfortable. I have fibromyalgia, so I have to be aware of how my hands and arms feel.I agree completely with what has been said about the difference in sound between a more modern style dulcimer and a more traditional sound. I'm thinking though how "different" I'd like a second dulcimer to be. In general, I lean toward the traditional, but a walnut with a cedar top may be a lot of fun. In any event, I'm fairly sure this won't be the last dulcimer I purchase. :) I do have two other dulcimers already, my first instrument, and another one that I tried to fix up.They have problems, but my starter instrument is in tune and great for my grandchildren.
When I was ready to move forward I chose the larger bodied cherry hourglass that Warren May makes. I wanted a little more sound to balance with the rest of the band when playing acoustically. I have liked some of the Folkcrafts I've played, but for some reason I haven't been attracted to the sound and feel of the McSpaddens.
Ken, I do get to State College occasionally, so I hope to meet you and to play the dulcimers you make. I think we might. have a mutual friend, Alf, who worked in instrument storage with me at Folk College.
At this point I think it's probably appropriate to go to the discussion about builders, etc., to ask specific questions. I really ought to put away some more money before I would order anything, but I'm looking now, in case something comes up that I feel I can't pass up.
You're all very kind, and I appreciate it!