Thank you Benjamin, I'm very excitedly awaiting my dulcimer from America, will arrive at the end of March I hope. I already play guitar very basically, I'm looking forward to learning new things.
This forum is unfamiliar to me, If I press reply it takes me I don't know where!, Only by quoting do I stay on this board!
Hi Cat, 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.
I'm finding this board a bit confusing, thank you Richard for the information, that is so fascinating and also Kenneth Longfield has very kindly sent me the PDF brochure. The one I bought is the 91 model and it too is in mint condition with case (lucky me).
I think where the shop was based (in some kind of tourist park judging by the brochure) meant that some might have been bought on a whim, or having heard the people in the shop playing them, and so remained un-played. I already play guitar and sing so I'm hoping the dulcimer will play harmonies for me or the main tune and I will do harmonies. I'm also half-Irish so it will be a fascinating journey into folk music I hope, and a touch back to my roots!
Thank you for the brilliant information.
Catwheezle, I saw that you have purchased a Walnut Valley dulcimer and are awaiting its arrival. I know you are excited.
I have owned two dulcimers made by Walnut Valley Dulcimer Company in my dulcimer journey. My very first dulcimer was a Walnut Valley Wildwood Mountain model ordered in 1992, received in 1993. The other Walnut Valley model I had was the Smokey River model built in 1990 if my memory is good. I bought the Smokey River on ebay. When I received it, it looked like it had remained tucked away in its case and been played minimally if at all. Both are excellent dulcimers with good sound, quality construction and craftsmanship. I had upgraded the tuning machines to 5-Star brand banjo tuners based on Janita Baker's (Blue Lion) recommendation. As I have over time moved to the more traditional dulcimers (small light bodies, staple half width frets, wooden tuning machines), I have sold off these two dulcimers. A lady in the dulcimer group with which I played prior to COVID purchased both of these and plays them on a regular basis.I anticipate your Smokey River will please you greatly.
Best wishes for your dulcimer journey.
Welcome to FOTMD, Catwheezle. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hey Catwheezle, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome Catwheezle to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great community of friendly people who love the dulcimer. It is a great resource for information, history, learning and making lots of dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.