Thank you Carrie. The Scheitholts have a wonderful sound and are very easy to play. The additional strings really add to the enjoyment.
Jack, Jack, Jack, your killing me.Its sogorgeous and definitely more lap friendly. I love the new size. Sadly the bank balance is very sad for a while now.
Thanks for your comments, John. The scheitholt's do have a unique sound.
Such a rich sound...wow.
Thanks for the comments guys. I did take a few liberties with the design, but researched a great deal to make sure I stayed close to the more traditional designs. Learned a lot from the instruments at Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum , Mr. (Ralph Lee) Smith, and the wonderful line of instructors available during the 2012 Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival .
Very nice instrument!
An academic might argue that the instrument shouldn't be called a scheitholt, because the fretboard is raised rather than being integral with the soundboard. But other than that one mountain dulcimerish trait, the form and style of your instrument is very close to northern Appalachian 19th century scheitholts.
That is beautiful Jack! It does have a great sound. I learned a little bit about Sheitholts at last year's Shenandoah University Dulcimer Festival. Ralph Lee Smith believes they are the predecessor to the dulcimer.