Somewhere around a baker's dozen, yet I have about 5 of them promised to a couple young players. In addition, I have 3 bowed dulcimers and one of Michael Fox's Dulcijos (which is a little 3-string banjo).
Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!
John, with one exception, I am in the process of thinning the herd here. We're thinking we're going to get a much smaller house (and no steps/next to none) someday. Even if I don't own one of your beauties, I admire them greatly.
Each year we have the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering, one of the founding members builds a dulcimore to be given away at the gathering. Two years ago, Bobby Ratliff of Grundy, VA built a traditional Virginia dulcimore out of 9 native woods. This year I built the giveaway dulcimore for the event. Actually there was a choice this year: the winner could select a J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore or a Will Singleton replica dulcimore that I built. Both of these were old Kentucky designs, but few have ever seen a Will Singleton dulcimore in person. The winning attendee, Diane Peacock, chose the Singleton. Here's a photo of the presentation.