"Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale
The VSL is 23". It came to me in Aee tuning so it is tuned pretty high. I have tuned it down to Gdd, but liked it better higher. That's just me though. I think it sounds fine tuned there as well. Bobby makes his dulcimers strung with higher tensions and slightly higher action. To me it seems to make noter play easier. Fingerdance playing would be hard on the fingers the way this one is strung and tuned. It could be lowered for that I guess, but my preference is noter play and usually faster fiddler tunes.
I am asking $270 + shipping.
This hogfiddle was built by Bobby Ratliff of Slate Creek Dulcimers. You might have heard of him? He has a banner ad on the home page of this site. This dulcimore was the first instrument I purchased from him early in 2019. It is meant for noter/drone style of play. Staple frets are only under the melody string. It has a wormy red maple back and sides, sassafras soundboard with a birdseye maple overlay on the fretboard, the head and tail are sandwiched wormy red maple/birdseye maple. The bridge and nut are made of antler. Below are links to some pictures. This dulcimore comes with a suede leather bag also made by Mr. Ratliff. Be advised that the bag is not padded and is really more to protect the instrument from dust/dirt if stored in a safe place. The dulcimore is in perfect condition and has never left my house. It also comes with a tuning key for the zither pins. It is only being sold to fund a future purchase from this builder. I honestly hate to see it go. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
updated by @kevin-r: 09/23/20 11:22:03AM