Is this an Edsel or Fred Martin?
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Recently picked this up after doing as much research as I could. Has the same look/design as either Edsel or Fred. There was another brother, Wade, but from what I'm finding he didn't build many dulcimers, it was Fred and Edsel.
They both used the same design as far as the dulcimer body, the biggest difference being the carvings on the "scroll".
Fred's carvings were, from what I've seen, were a bit more "rustic", where it seemed Edsel's were more refined. I looked at some of Edsel's figure carvings and the style seems to be consistent with what I'm seeing on the dulcimer itself.
I can see no label or signature inside, although looks like there may have been at one point, but really can't tell for sure.
The seller included 2 sweet old vinyl LP's. The Mill Run Dulcimer Band, and Edsel Martins Appalachian Dulcimer Music. Both in great condition and play great with no skipping.
The Edsel one has Photos on the back of him holding his dulcimer, It looks liek this one, although the photo is grainy and you can't see the figure carved clearly at all, the style is definitely the same.
I have posted pictures of the dulcimer, The album cover, a couple of photos of Fred Martin to compare the carving styles.
Let me know what you think!!
And I'm only guessing here, so am curious what you all think.
updated by @george-desjardins: 07/09/18 10:20:40PM