Mark Runge


Location: Miami Beach, FL
Country: US

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Two Mountain Dulcimers

musician/member name: Comedy
Duration: 00:03:52
I made these two instruments over the last couple of months. These are the first two I've done without fiddle edges, but I really do like a fiddle edge.
Mark Runge
04/01/16 08:55:42AM @mark-runge:

Thank y'all for the kind words! It warms my heart and keeps me going!

Too much fun, Sir, too much! 

If I ever go out your way, Lexie...

Thank you, Patty.

There have been some mechanical studies concerning the development of sound holes on a violin, and they show that their evolution and current shape is important to the sound. I've heard someone has been studying the sound holes on dulcimers, but I don't know who that is. If anyone knows please pass that on to me.

But in my limited work, I've found that I can get just as much equalization in the box with the sound holes hidden as I can with them for the world to see, and my sound box still shakes away and sings her song. Plus I want to make more art on the top of my machines--builders have been painting and decorating them since the dulcimer has been made according to the catalog I have, so it's not far fetched to do so. 

Greg and Tish really mentored Val and me during our first KMW. But I wasn't hiding them then. 

Really big smiles to all!

Robin Thompson
04/01/16 08:04:46AM @robin-thompson:

I'm fascinated by the soundhole placement, Mark.  Tish Westman plays a dulcimer she made that has no visible sound holes and it sounds great, too. 

Patty from Virginia
03/31/16 09:23:40PM @patty-from-virginia:

They sure are pretty!

Lexie R Oakley
03/31/16 01:17:10PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Mark, these two dulcimers look very eloquent and sleek having the sound holes hidden, they have a wonderful tone. Hey I would give you room and board for one, sounds like a good deal. thumbsup

Terry Wilson
03/31/16 09:35:08AM @terry-wilson:

Beautiful dulcimers, Mark.  Pleasing tones too.

Tell me Mark.  Are you having fun yet?