Ken: I have asked for the seller to 2x check, for the VSL. He's a music shop owner who deals mostly with guitars. I'm thinking this is actually 28.5 inches, too. I'll let you know what I find out.
I did not know that regarding who sign the McSpadden labels? So, although several folks may have been involved in building this dulcime, Larry McSpadden at least "inspected" it before gluing on the back??
Regardless, I'm glad to hear you say " I think you are making a good decision".
Made good sense to me. Thanks For All Your Help - John