Help identify this épinette.

Strumelia
Strumelia
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@marg - if you are tuning to the key of D, then the note D would be "1" as you count on your fingers with the alphabet... and the fifth (5) from there would be A (D, E, F, G, A). That's the 1 (the tonic or key note) and its 5th note in the scale... D with A. Hence the popular tuning DAA.




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Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
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1=tonic, 5=dominant. I never pay attention to absolute pitches.

marg
@marg
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(tuning is 1s and 5s)

sorry but what is that - could you say like Gg's or Aa's or Dd's

Strumelia
Strumelia
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Curtis Carlisle Bouterse:

All - but two - of my almost hundred banjers are fretless.


and i thought *I* had a lot of banjers.  what




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Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
@curtis-carlisle-bouterse
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@strumelia.  It is 1 3/4" deep. I love the soundholes too: I figured they might jog someone's memory. The pegs stay perfectly in tune over long periods. If you mean the fretless in the pic, it is my copy of the Wm. Sidney Mount pic. [All - but two - of my almost hundred banjers are fretless.]

[I thought the little flap on the shoulder might be diagnostic, too.]

Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
@curtis-carlisle-bouterse
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@marg. The strings came with it; the tuning is 1s and 5s.

marg
@marg
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I checked your FB - what size strings do you have on it & what is it tuned to? Sounds lovely

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
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Well that's a really lovely instrument! I like that it's got a relatively shallow depth, so the sound will be bright and project nicely. Love the little sound holes too. Must be a bit of a job to tune though! 

Who made your fretless banjo?




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updated by @strumelia: 10/06/22 07:52:13AM
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
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I've been recording a lot lately and falling in love (again) with my beautiful cherry, 7-string American épinette. I have always bewailed the fact that I didn't know the maker; the man from whom I bought it only could offer that he had gotten it, used, in Virginia. I will, once again, reach out to the Internet dulcimer and other instrument community for help; if you have any information, please let me know. I am eager to know and, as I wind things down, and begin my instrument de-acquisition, I'm sure the next owner will appreciate it as well.
[It can be heard on several of my albums.]

My files are all too big. See my Facebook post for pix.

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10224215474392337&set=a.1860687234702