Is a dulcimer with maple top, sides and back considered to be a good sounding, durable dulcimer?
Different species of maple have different properties, and different trees of the same species will still vary slightly. Two boards from different parts of the same tree can even sound fairly different. I haven't heard any type of wood yet that I felt produced a 'bad sounding dulcimer.' I do enjoy maple a lot for it's durability though, plus it's a beautiful looking wood.