A New "Old" Project

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
7 months ago
527 posts

Yes, it does look like a Black Mountain kit. Those sound holes are bell shaped, sort of. It will take a lot of sanding to clean it up. I may end up painting it. Who knows? This will be a challenge.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
7 months ago
160 posts

Wow, Ken.  I don't recognize the kit, but it looks like the general shape of a Black Mountain kit.  The soundholes are kinda strange.  They look almost like bells instead of hearts (or whatever).  Is the wood of the top and back thicker than 1/8"?

Looks like a challenging project to get it all together nicely.  When I bought such an animal on eBay, I ended up painting it all black after finishing assembly because nothing matched, and the mahogany was stained here and there.  Hopefully some sanding will clean up these parts so it'll look OK when you're done.  Best wishes for a happy result!

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
7 months ago
527 posts

Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard sale in Silver Spring, MD. She came across a partially assembled mountain dulcimer in a plastic bag. I think she told me she paid $2 for it. Could have been less, I don't remember, but certainly no more than that. The back was glued to the sides, the top had the fretboard glued to it, but they were not glued together. The end block and peg head were glued to the  back and sides. There were problems with everything lining up correctly. I took it apart sometime in the past, but life became too busy for me to work on. It has been sitting on a shelf under one of my workbenches for all these years. It is a kit that someone started and then ran in to problems with the assembly. I decided to get it out from under the bench and put it back together. My first job is to clean all the pieces. The sides need to be bent back to shape. The top was broken apart and glued back together (before I received it). That repair does not look too bad, but I will put a few small cleats along the crack to make sure it does not separate again. Here are two photos. One is of the pieces and the other one is a close up of the repaired crack.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 

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