Student searching for her next Dulcimer (ended)
Sorry, I misread your post - concerning desired VSL.
I also have a new walnut body/sassafras soundboard custom teardrop model that has Gotoh geared tuners and is 28 inch VSL.
This model is priced less than the "Peardrop". It would be closer to the lower end of the price range that you described.
It is a really nice looking instrument with an precise action that makes it a joy to play. I can also send any desired information
on this dulcimer.
I have a new model that I am building that I call the "Peardrop". I have been making traditional teardrop and hourglass
custom instruments for 33 years and developed this new model in the last three years. They are 25 inch VSL and play very easily for her.
I have one new walnut "Peardrop" available and it would fall in the price range that you described.
If you private message me I can provide more information and images of this special instrument. If a sale is made, the expected donation would be made to FOTMD.
Hello, I'm just about to post a dulcimer in the For Sale forum. Made by The Dulcimer Works in Santa Monica CA around 1973. Was donated to a fund raiser for PBS station 28 by McCabes Music, and as near as I can tell, never taken out of original box. All solid wood unlike most shop made dulcimers back then that used laminates. California Walnut with spruce top. Fiddle edges, 27 3/4" VSL. All original except for new Stewart Mc Donald 5 Star geared Planetary machines, seems like the original plastic tuners have a 100% failure rate. No 6 1/2 fret. Plays easily and in good tune and is quite light. I'll have it up tomorrow, any questions, ask. $350. plus shipping. Any questions or need photos, ask.
Karen, have you checked with the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park to see if they have any suitable used dulcimers for sale? You might also check the Elderly Instruments website. If you can find a used Folkcraft the standard VSL on those was 27 inches. I've sold a lot of them over the years. Unfortunately new Folkcraft dulcimers are now $795 (starting level). I think McSpadden's may be near the same.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
updated by @ken-longfield: 09/09/21 11:26:57AM
I have a novice student in search of her next dulcimer. Short scale (26” or less) instruments have not worked for her. I’m thinking 27 or 27.5 would be ideal. Geared tuning pegs a must. Needn’t be new; a well loved used instrument is fine. What have you lying around that you might want to sell? Thinking $500-600, but I think she might be somewhat flexible. Thanks!
updated by @karen-b: 09/09/21 11:13:26AM