I was an owner of a shop that built dulcimers in the 1970's and 80's. This was Musical Traditions. I had been selling them for quite a few years and found them to be great dulcimers. Then we, John Rourke, Chris Hecht and myself, purchased the company, jigs and procedures, from Hank Levin. Chris was a furniture maker with a great shop. John was a customer of GF from Balfour, B.C. who wanted to get into instrument building. I was the entrepreneur who could put the deal together and then market and sell them. We moved it up to Sandpoint, Id., where I was living and had the company Guitars Friends. In the 80's it was also the home for Franklin Guitars, Givens Guitars and Mandolins, plus a few other luthiers. During this time we sold thousands of them.
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