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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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@guitars-friend • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Guitars Friend images and stories 1973-1980:
"Here is the next page. I forgot his name. He worked for Nick at Franklin Guitars, then Musical Tradition dulcimers and then headed out on his own to become a..."
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@guitars-friend • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Guitars Friend images and stories 1973-1980:
"I hope you are able to read the copy. Lots of info and whimsy"
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@guitars-friend • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
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"What follows are the pages from the Guitars Friend last catalog that came out in 1980."
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@guitars-friend • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Guitars Friend images and stories 1973-1980:
"The collection comes from between 1973 and 1980. The ones more farmish were done in Stockbridge, MI. In the original catalogs credit was given to all..."
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@guitars-friend • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Original illustration wanted for dulcimer book cover":
"Lori, I can help you. I have dozens of wonderful illustrations. I emailed you some last night. Here are a few. email me at laury@dancinghelix.com Laury"

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
09/09/21 03:00:18PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Guirars Friend and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Richard Streib
09/08/21 04:47:48PM @richard-streib:

Welcome GuitarsFriend to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Looking forward to your contributions to our dulcimer forum.


Jim Fawcett
09/05/21 01:11:55PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Guitars Friend, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
09/03/21 10:16:37PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Guitars Friend. I have a Musical Traditions dulcimer, but I think it was one of Hank Levins. I look forward to seeing your images  and stories. I met Hank a few times at the House of Musical Traditions both in Maryland and West Virginia.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."