@Patty-from-virginia , I think you read my comment as a negative on Walter's dulcimers. Not at all. I think mine is wonderful, and the others of his I tried also. I am talking how I would finesse it if I had my druthers. The buzz came with the switch to DAD. Also, I did not mean that I have a problem playing due the string arrangement after taking the extra melody off; I meant it bothers me (ditto on some others I have tried by other makers). I would like that changed as a matter of individual preference. As for the volume, Walter makes a lot of different dulcimers, and mine was the quietest of the ones I tried - a beautiful maple (pic below). It had a pretty tone that I much appreciated. It is not as loud as his others, and to me his louder ones are not loud in the way that McSpaddens are. I don't know how to explain that. I tried out a Ray Anthony all cherry dulcimer recently. Deeper body, very bright cherry wood, lots of volume, probably louder all in all than a McSpadden, but not in the same way. No way to explain that, I guess. But I think McSpadden's are quite loud. My Walter is definitely my quietest dulcimer,and I picked it for thaty reason. It was quiet, so you could hear its sweet voice. I was thinking of getting a different one that would have worked well as a "workhorse" but I was taken by this one. Very nice. I might still get another one from him - maybe an hourglass - as a workhorse. He has a red cedar/butternut model that I would love to try. I like his stuff. I also know he would fix whatever I wanted, but it is a distance thing. If I lived closer, I'd ask him to fix this or that for me. But as it is, that is quite a trek. So I will just have someone closer by do what I want - and again, minor stuff. By the way, I did get the buzz fixed right way, so that is no longer an issue.
updated by @nikolas4squid: 01/18/16 10:11:39PM