Congrats, John! I knew it wouldn't last long!!! Now we have someone else to invite to Berea next year! I've offered my assistance if she needs it, since I'm only an hour away...
New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!
Congratulations on the award, John! I'm sure this year's Gathering was great. With Covid canceling most gigs, I haven't had the schoolteacher program to use the "plain Jane" Tennessee Music Box, but it's another example of how nicely you carry on in traditional style.
Rebecca -- you're in Sarasota? I'm in Fort Myers -- send me a PM. We should meet and do some playing together.
I love my Knopf Thomas. The Perfection pegs look (and install) very much like black violin style tuners, but are internally geared. From a foot away you're hard pressed to say they are anything but a wooden peg...
I've attached a photo from our Berea Gathering that shows the heads of John's Singleton and Thomas dulcimers side by side. The Thomas is the one with Perfection tuners, the other has hand-carved wooden tuning pegs.
updated by @ken-hulme: 06/10/21 05:19:11PM
Hi John! Just sent you a message that includes my email.
I'm very interested in the Thomas dulcimer you posted today! I've been drooling over your website all year. Beautiful, beautiful work!
A couple questions:
- Could you please send me closeup photos of the Perfection pegs (in the peghead, not by themselves)? Normally I would order wooden pegs, so I'm trying to figure out if I will like something that deviates a little bit from the old look.
- Is this dulcimer a reproduction of any specific Thomas dulcimer or date range?
- Appx how much is shipping to Sarasota, FL? I would probably want overnight -- b/c it's so HOT down here, so it would be awful if the dulcimer ended up sitting in a truck for a while.
updated by @rebecca: 06/10/21 12:12:26PM
This is my latest poplar Thomas replica dulcimore, which was to be awarded as a prize at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering last weekend. The winner was given the option of choosing this Thomas or an Uncle Will Singleton poplar replica dulcimore, and she chose the latter. So this one is still available for purchase. It has round soundholes and Perfection tuners for ease of tuning. The normal price would be $467.50 since it has the special tuners, but I'll sell this one for $397 plus shipping.
The Thomas for sale is the black dulcimore in the center of both of these photos taken at Berea.
updated by @john-c-knopf: 06/09/21 10:34:26PM