I have a Blevins large bass or something kind of dulcimer. It has wooden tuning pegs. Pretty amazing instrument.
The VSL on this is 28 1/2 inches, 2 inch wide fretboard, 3 inch deep body, 12 1/2 wide lower bout, 44 inches overall length.
I have attached a couple pictures of it next to my Edd Presnell 3 string for perspective.
One of my larger ones, but I have several Carl Gotzmer/June Apple dulcimers that are also bigger, The "Cellomer" being 46 inches overall, VSL of 29 inches.
Well, WOW! I think it sounds great, and I loved listening to you play! I especially liked the last part, but I enjoyed all of it--
I did not think he meant the Blevins. I have 3 (vintage) dulcimers where the fret board goes out past the end and two of them produce cringe-inducing sounds, so I concur with him! Both made by makers with the history of making many instruments, so a person would think they would know better. In all three cases the dulcimers had something else unusual that attracted me--a carved head stock, for instance. Hence I gave myself that mental note about not getting distracted in the future unless I strictly want wall art (which I don't! I like functional art!)!
I agree with Ken about Dulcimers where the fret board extends past the body, I have only one and pretty much never play it.
I don't think he was referring to this Blevin as the Fret board does not extend past.
I have posted a short sound clip so you can hear it, the play is sloppy but not meant to impress. Just wanted whom ever to be able to hear what it sounds like. I may make a more serious attempt later.
By the way, I have it tuned right now to C-G-C
Thank you so much for your prompt reply, George! Just what I wanted to hear!
And, Ken, I'm just twice shy now because I used that "Well, this is number 217, so the builder must have known by then what he was doing!" logic on a fairly recent purchase online, only to discover that the instrument was well put together but is completely unplayable. But as I write this I am realizing that the instrument I'm talking about does have a fret board that extends off the end, so perhaps warping has robbed it of any good intonation. . . .
Back to the Blevins --I could only find an obituary with a fleeting mention of being a dulcimer maker and one comment on Everything Dulcimer (aside from Dan's comment below). I'd love it if you could post a link if you've found more info. Thanks to you both!
It seems to tune up just fine, I have played it up and down the frets and all sound fine, don't seem to be out of placement to me. I am no expert however, But I know a couple others I have that I can tell as I work up the fret board that start sounding "off".
If you aren't familiar with this Blevin model, It is a very large dulcimer compared to most, which I have always liked.
Bottom line I have no complaints.
I'll see if I open up some time and try to make a sound clip so you can hear it.
linda2 -- a little research shows that Milford Blevins was quite a prolific regional instrument maker from Tennessee who passed away in early 2016. Given the number of instruments he built over the years, I would assume that his instruments were fretted correctly. Mr Blevins was certainly no "one-off" builder who had little Idea of what he was doing!
The photos really don't do justice to the size of this thing! 44 inches long, 12 inches at it's widest, 3 inch deep body, 6 string. It is touted as a bass dulcimer, to what should I be tuning this too??
Going to try and do a sound clip after I figure it out a little more, but have to bring someone in to help me do that, technologically challenged here!!