I also have been finding dulcimers and fixing them up and loaning them out so I can get a dulcimer club going here. SUCH a beautiful dulcimer. cone on, give us a tune!! aloha, irene
It's like finding a 1965 brand new Mustang
Haha, wouldn't that be the bees' knees! The problem is though....I got this dulcimer to give to a young friend who visits once a year from the UK. She sat and played my dulcimers for two weeks last year (having never played before) and I wanted to surprise her with her very own, in a hard case for the travel back.
I wasn't expecting this one to be...Koa. And so amazing, haha! Folk Roots have the richest, buttery smooth and yet loud voice of all my dulcimers so I might need to keep looking for Lianne. :)
Wow! Lucky you. What a great find! Capritaurus and FolkRoots dulcimers pop up every so often, especially here in California, but I've never seen one made of koa. I know Neal Hellman and Michael Rugg used to work the Ren Fairs on a regular basis. They would play all day hoping to entice people to buy a dulcimer. Neal repeatedly mentions how good his playing got when you played all day. Kind of makes sense, huh? Maybe that's the secret. I just need to find a job that pays me to play the dulcimer.
Dusty T., Northern California
"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
I'm looking forward to hearing from Howard in this. I also posted in Everything Dulcimer and sent an email. I changed out the strings just now, played a tune and woke up every single solitary person taking an afternoon nap between here and the Mississippi. This thing has a VOICE, Lord help mercy! I love it, ha!!
Howard can give you the full details on your instrument, but since the label says "Rugg & Jackel" that would mean it was made during or after 1976. Before then it would have been "Rugg, Rugg and Jackel." The D200 is the model number with the "S" signifying a spruce top. The back and sides appear to be mahogany. I can't tell if they were still using a laminated wood at this point. I'm sure if Howard see this, he will offer the definitive answer. Hope this helps.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
So I bought a brand new (yet old) FolkRoots dulcimer from a fellow in CA. He bought it at a renaissance fair..he thinks back in the 80s. The gal he bought it for never played it. So basically it's brand spankin new. I got it today and it's gorgeous. The case is mint and it looks like Howard just handed it over this morning.
With that said, I want to learn a bit more. The inside label says Rugg & Jackel Folk Roots dulcimers D200 S 170 Nothing is kerfed on the inside. The top is light and the back darker and the fretboard looks to be walnut or mahogany with the little pick marks both woods have. Any info would be appreciated!
updated by @d-chitwood: 12/07/16 02:47:03PM