Trying to identify this dulcimer.

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
2 weeks ago
285 posts

The head design looks way off for an Amburgey.  Jethro always marked his, as far as I know.  It appears more  "modern" than Jethro's work.  And the fiddle edges are very wide.  Maybe somebody's interpretation of his dulcimers, with differences added?

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 weeks ago
810 posts

I'm traveling over the next ten days, so I am away from my files. I'm working from memory here, but his looks like a kit that was offered in the late 1970s. I am going by the shapes of the peg head and the tail piece. Unfortunately I can't look through my files of dulcimer advertisements or old DPNs until after Dec. 4th.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
2 weeks ago
179 posts

Looking through the sound holes;  is there anything written inside?  Often the luthier identifies himself and the date.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
2,002 posts

It's lovely, nicely carved with great fiddle edges. If it is an Amburgey, it's best not mess with it- or it will drastically lose value and be ruined. Best not to strip it, paint it, or use heavy or dark varnish or put 'decorations' on it. I assume you are (hopefully) keeping its original pegs.

No identifying marks, anywhere?
What makes you think it was made in the 60s or 70s?




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updated by @strumelia: 11/22/21 08:34:08PM
Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
2 weeks ago
190 posts

It is 60's to 70's very thin and light. The fret board appears to have been designed for staples but this has full frets and no evidence of the staples being replaced. Made of Walnut . The VSL is 28 overall 33. Has many features of an Amburgey but the head is different. The tuners are black ebony, and appear identical to an Amburgey. Had a peg stem for a hitch pin, which I am going to replace with brass pins. In many respects and Amburgey and in many respects not. I am making this playable again for the 21st century. Any ideas who built it? 

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