Helen

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Location: Statesville, NC
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I'm a high school science teacher and look forward to relearning how to play the dulcimer!

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Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 454
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Between $300-$700 would be my budget.  I'm not experienced enough to retool an inferior instrument so I'm okay with paying as long as I know for sure I'll be..."
Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 36
Posted a new Comment on BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.:
"I found this site looking for good information on where to buy a good MD.  I'm in NC and would prefer to support a local luthier, but I'm open to..."
Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @helen:
"Does anyone have suggestions for where to purchase a good quality dulcimer or which companies/luthiers to avoid?"
Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 454
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Thank you so much!  I'm interested in any suggestions for a good luthier - I'm looking for a well made beginner dulcimer.  Thank you for any suggestions!"
Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 308
Posted a new Comment on @richard-streib:
"Thank you so much!  Being in the foothills I've heard dulcimers and always enjoyed their sound.  Do you have any recommendations on a good luthier?  I'd..."
Helen
@helen • 2 weeks ago • comments: 559
Posted a new Comment on @benjamin-w-barr-jr:
"Thank you for the warm welcome!"

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Jim Fawcett
05/17/24 06:43:31AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Helen, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
05/13/24 10:03:59PM @ken-longfield:

Helen, you ask a difficult question. Although there are several companies that make inexpensive dulcimers the are not American made. The quality tends to be spotty. I've played some decent ones and ones that need a good amount of work to make them playable. Few, if any, modern American luthiers make a dulcimer for under $500. Some good ones can found used. Look for the builders like Folkcraft and McSpadden. Ron Gibson and New Traditions have been getting good reviews. There are other good builders out there. I'm sure others will chime in. Without knowledge of your budget it is difficult to give specific answers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Helen
05/13/24 09:39:47PM @helen:

Does anyone have suggestions for where to purchase a good quality dulcimer or which companies/luthiers to avoid?


Ben Barr Jr
05/08/24 08:10:34AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Helen, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Richard Streib
05/06/24 04:35:41PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Helen to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer from a fellow North Carolinian. So good to have you join. I encourage you to pick up the dulcimer once again. It is a wonderful instrument to play and enjoy. This site has a lot of information. Look around. Don't be timid about joining the conversations. And for sure ask questions if you have them. We are here to help each other on our dulcimer journeys.


Ken Longfield
05/06/24 01:12:39PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Helen. It's good to have you aboard. I'm glad that you considering playing the mountain dulcimer. Let us know if have any questions or if we can help you along on your dulcimer journey. You will find a lot of information and help here.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."