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I'm just getting started, coming from a guitar playing background. I seem to be on a quest for simplicity since I have gone from 6- and 12-string guitar, to ukulele, to tenor guitar, to dulcimer! I recently bought an old 4-string equidistant cedar dulcimer shaped like a tulip or a lyre which I plan to post pictures of. I bought a used dulcimer from a well known luthier and finally returned it because the middle string always fretted sharp. I just found a McSpadden M12-W from 1991 locally for $250, and I am thoroughly pleased with it. A lady now in her late 70's bought it at their store in Arkansas with the chipboard case, and it ended up sitting in her closet for 27 years. I measured the strings with a micrometer, and they appear to be the original strings, since the owners manual says the factory strings were 12-12-12-23. It is absolutely pristine. I moved a couple of the end pegs to allow installing a strap attachment. Again thanks for the nice welcome! Looking forward to making some dulcimer friends and learning what I can!

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Bridge
@bridge • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you ID this dulcimer?":
"The label is inside the lower left f-hole. I think the piezo pickup is on the outside, Ken. I'm not quite that clueless.  ;-)"
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@bridge • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you ID this dulcimer?":
"Unfortunately, that's all I have. I was hoping to identify a brand. Obviously, it could be a custom one-off, but I thought someone might recognize it by..."
Bridge
@bridge • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Can you ID this dulcimer?":
"Can anyone ID this dulcimer from just this photo? It has popped up for sale on Craigslist by someone who doesn't know much about dulcimers and is not very..."

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Jim Fawcett
04/29/18 09:35:22PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey GW, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Bridge
04/29/18 07:21:20AM @bridge:

Thank you for the welcome. I'm just getting started, coming from a guitar playing background. I seem to be on a quest for simplicity since I have gone from 6- and 12-string guitar, to ukulele, to tenor guitar, to dulcimer! I recently bought an old 4-string equidistant cedar dulcimer shaped like a tulip or a lyre which I plan to post pictures of. I bought a used dulcimer from a well known luthier and finally returned it because the middle string always fretted sharp. I just found a McSpadden M12-W from 1991 locally for $250, and I am thoroughly pleased with it. A lady now in her late 70's bought it at their store in Arkansas with the chipboard case, and it ended up sitting in her closet for 27 years. I measured the strings with a micrometer, and they appear to be the original strings, since the owners manual says the factory strings were 12-12-12-23. It is absolutely pristine. I moved a couple of the end pegs to allow installing a strap attachment. Again thanks for the nice welcome!


Ken Longfield
04/28/18 08:19:42PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD GWbridge. It is always good to have another Pennsylvanian on board.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Benjamin W Barr Jr
04/27/18 07:38:34PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi G W, 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
04/27/18 05:24:04PM @richard-streib:

Welcome, GWbridge, to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great community of people who love the dulcimer and her sweet song. You will find lots of support here as well as lots of folks willing to share their knowledge and experience with others. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Rob N Lackey
04/27/18 05:50:44AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, GWbridge, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob