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@marg • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin In Question And Setup":
"The dulcimer group I play with has someone who has been playing the hammered dulcimer for years, I forwarded your info to him. It is a beautiful instrument,..."
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@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAD to DAA--how often?:
"Rob (DAA to EAA;) What tab can I use for EAA? Can I use DAA??  "
marg
 
@marg • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Custom Build Carl Gotzmer:
"Beautiful"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Beauty in Tears :
"Very nice and so well played"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"Linda, I was hoping to find an image of your dulcimer on line but instead found an old add for a Fleming, very old. I can't seem to attached from my phone..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"george, (ones he personally built were signed by him carving/engraving his name on the back side of the dulcimer,) Sam Carrell also, I just picked up a..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Happy Anniversary!!":
"Impressive, good going"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on How to use an iPad for songs:
"Peggy-M, Have you checked with Everything Dulcimer's site, lots of tabs all free for downloading. That may save you some time from scanning some of yours...."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on How to use an iPad for songs:
" Peggy-M How are you making out with your Ipad & Gigbook? That is what I have, there are better app's but I have Gidbook & not in any hurry to redo..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Playing June:
"WOW, sounds great"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"  ( I don't follow Steve's recommendations about how to use hammer-ons and pulls) Me either, I just prefer pull offs to picking the string. Thanks for..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"dusty - (play across the strings )   The DAA tab I have goes across the strings.  I am not playing the high octave that goes to 13,14,&15 but a lower..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"interesting find, interest music"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Matty Groves/ Shady Grove:
"( bamboo is really hard waring and slides well) Bamboo is great, when I was waiting for my first class to start, I made several noters from old bamboo..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"very nice I checked dulcimer crossing & watched their videos of both DAA & DAdd demos, I think I am going to try this Irish reel but will go with..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"(A-e-a-a-a) Oh wow, I wonder how different the sound will be this way. Yes, having fun. What a treasure this dulcimer is"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"Thanks dusty, Isn't it how we feel sometimes ;-) FOTMD has my permission to use if they like."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"linda2, (play it like a four string, except the a string next to the doubled melody strings is just open.) Sorry but I don't understand this, is the double..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Courting Dulcimer:
"WOW, I guess most people knew about the dulcimer there"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"( Mixolydian tuning best with A on the bottom) What would the tuning be? Is either of your head's stretched out, mine is making the dulcimer very long...."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Matty Groves/ Shady Grove:
"Your noter, bamboo? i can tell it's long but does it get fatter where you are holding it? Looks easy on the hands to play. Nice going on the tunes"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Dulciborn":
"Good to know, I also got a ' blem ' but I ordered one for a reduced price. I can't even notice where it is. It's just a little discoloration in the wood,..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Timeline Comment: https://fotmd.com/ken-hulme/timeline/50147:
"Good luck ken, I hope everything goes well hugs"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on William Sizemore:
"I just looked at your photos, I feel like I have been to a museum. I got a kick out of the one that held the strings with a bottle opener. Such an impressive..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Dulciborn":
"blondie, ( Got the word that when they are gone, that's it) I guess if you want one, you might see what it would take to set it up.   Have you been in..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"linda2,   (rosin) like the hard cake you need to scratch for violin bows?     I would think that would make it slide like the bow, not stick. A violin..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question about tab:
"thanks ken"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"I ran across  Vander Woude"  dulcimers & they have the very same sound hole as my trailing/weeping/bleeding heart, what a surprise. His site directs one..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on "June's Dulcimer" completed!:
"Oh my, it's so beautiful. Very nice"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"Peg holding, YEA Hey hey, pencil eraser - rub that on & the little bits (like adding fiber to our diets) has the bass peg holding. WOW, no slipping. Has..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question about tab:
"ken, On an very old site, don't remember the discussion: (Bagpipe D -- Ddd.)   What tabs will work for this, DAA or DAdd - both, either, or neither?"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Mineral Music:
"What an interesting piece, are you using your stone? Very nice"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 79
Posted a new Comment on @ken-hulme:
"Well ' I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs' & some songs worked out better than others. Mostly I ran into trouble when trying to figure the middle..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Dulcinina . Good going, happy for you. You set a goal & met it & the residents at the facility benefited from it."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 79
Posted a new Comment on @ken-hulme:
"ken, Since I have the Carrell dulcimer tuned to DAA but most of my tabs are in DAdd, what is the best site to find many DAA tabs or should I just start..."

Latest Group Discussions

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marg

Elevator bridge


Has anyone thought of making a bridge that could be raised or lowered so...
@marg 6 months ago - Comments: 5
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What's best for turning pages from iPad?


i have my music on an iPad and was wondering if there was an app that...
@marg 7 months ago - Comments: 9
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Jean Ritchie Original 1967 # 170 Appalachian Dulcimer Excellent Cond


Just saw this on ebay if anyone is interested:...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Driving by, Passing through


 As we are traveling, give a shot when you are passing by. Let us know...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 7
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action height


I have been having problems with a new dulcimer (dulciborn) since it...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 9
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Transducer Pickup under saddle


Have you ever had a Transducer Pickup - under the saddle not work when...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
marg

Strum Strum Strum


I am having a very hard timestrumming, would anyone like to post...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 25
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picks


If you use your fingers or thumb to strum the tone is mellow but if you...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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Does painting a dulcimer alter the sound or tone?


I am going through the many photos of FOTMD members, there are so...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 14
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Playing DAA in DAD


I am tuned to DAD and need to play some DAA songs in a class I am...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
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Dulcimer Books


I received such a sweet gift today, several dulcimer books. I have...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 24
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How to find: .....


Members from a certain area, how would we find out who they are? I was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 5
marg

Strap Button or Not


I have seen discussions on lap cloths and straps. My dulcimer; aJohn...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

First Festival


Ok, now that I have my dulcimer and beginning to learn it, next up is...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 69
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capo's


I have a wide fret and the capo I have does not fit it. If it was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 17
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6&1/2 buzzes


I have an older dulcimer I just picked up. It's very nice except the...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 6

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Christmas Eve Fun  "Jingle Bells"

Christmas Eve Fun "Jingle Bells"


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When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In


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last year - Comments: 3
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


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last year - Comments: 7
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


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last year - Comments: 3
'Amazing Grace'

'Amazing Grace'


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2 years ago - Comments: 3
'Ode To Joy'

'Ode To Joy'


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2 years ago - Comments: 3
'This Land Is Your Land'

'This Land Is Your Land'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 5
'Over There'

'Over There'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 6
America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 4
Danny Boy

Danny Boy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 5
1:25 Ode to Joy

1:25 Ode to Joy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 21

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Tabs, Straps, & Cords

Posted: Saturday July 1 2017, 3:55 PM
By: @marg

Sam Carrell dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 29 2017, 4:18 PM
By: @marg

'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or...

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 2:39 PM
By: @marg

Thumb pick

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 10:17 AM
By: @marg

Jack Whitworth of Capote Hills

Posted: Sunday June 11 2017, 10:03 PM
By: @marg

Action/ nickel under the 7th

Posted: Thursday June 1 2017, 4:53 PM
By: @marg

Dean Markley 3001 XM Transducer pickup

Posted: Saturday April 29 2017, 5:52 PM
By: @marg

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX

Posted: Tuesday April 25 2017, 10:55 AM
By: @Skip

A 'beginner dulcimer'

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:54 PM
By: @marg

Can I lessen a pluckier tone

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 12:31 AM
By: @Bet.M

Thoughts: Folk Roots by Rugg & Jackel,...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2017, 8:09 PM
By: @marg

Dulcimer Weight

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:33 PM
By: @Bee Lick Farm

5 string dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2017, 4:58 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

String that rings

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 10:09 AM
By: @marg

Hanging a dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday June 21 2016, 1:12 AM
By: @marg

TK O'Brien Walnut Creek Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday May 15 2016, 5:29 AM
By: @Anne Bowman

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when...

Posted: Thursday May 12 2016, 9:35 PM
By: @CD

need or not need 6.5 fret

Posted: Friday April 8 2016, 7:04 PM
By: @Paul Certo

new orleans area, used dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday April 6 2016, 6:25 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

How to tune wooden pegs

Posted: Saturday January 23 2016, 5:01 PM
By: @marg

Leo Rodder, KY dulcimer

Posted: Saturday January 2 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @marg

strap button

Posted: Wednesday December 16 2015, 3:44 PM
By: @Joe Robison

Number of dulcimers

Posted: Friday October 2 2015, 4:32 PM
By: @Tom Taggart

String size

Posted: Tuesday September 29 2015, 5:45 PM
By: @marg

Types of tuners

Posted: Friday August 14 2015, 8:15 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Old red stain dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 8 2015, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Your music area

Posted: Sunday August 2 2015, 12:39 PM
By: @Monica

Jean Ritchie

Posted: Wednesday June 3 2015, 9:59 AM
By: @Strumelia

To Low Action

Posted: Saturday November 22 2014, 5:37 PM
By: @marg

Comments

Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:56:59AM @geoff-black:

...And in answer to your more recent post, you can see I do have the two Carrells still, although I've sold a third.  I deal in dulcimers, so have tried/owned over 330 and counting.... Not quite sure how many I've kept now, perhaps 40 or so.

Yes, I think he usually signed his dulcimers and my two also have a customer's name inside ("Made for....").  I've not seen model numbers, mainly because I believe he only made two models, the teardrop of his own design and the "hourglass" whose design he inherited from his mentor Bill Davis.

The weeping heart soundholes I'm pretty sure I've seen on other Carrells.  My three all had an f-hole in the lower bout, but the upper bout patterns were all different, so he seems to have varied them regularly...or perhaps changed to order.

Yes, the intonation on all seems to be "good"...i.e. modern and setup for mixolydian tuning with a 6+fret... although opinions differ as to whether the older dulcimers were "bad", or just set up beautifully for a different scale, in different tunings and played in a different style (often noter/drone)....!  Incidentally, you were lucky to find one with the floating bridge still attached.  Most of my Davis or Carrell dulcimer had lost bridge - and sometimes nut too.  The wooden triangular section bridges have their limitations.  I've replaced quite a few in bone or horn.

Finally, I have a lot more about Carrell, including some correspondence with the man himself a few years back.  Let me know if you want anything more.

 

Geoff

 


Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:37:44AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marge

I don't get on FOTMD as much as I'd like these days, so sorry if I've not kept up to date with replies to your interesting posts.

Do you have a teardrop or Davis-style hourglass Carrell?  I've always fancied the former but never succeeded in buying one.  

I have two "hourglass" ones.  One is tuned "conventionally" as a four string equidistant, basically in DAdd.  I play it as you would a conventional DAdd dulcimer with twin melody strings, but I don't always fret the second "d" string - which gives chords an interestingly richer tone is some instances and discords in others!  You can also use four string chords of course.  If I were adventurous (and had the time to learn properly) I would tune the four strings so that I could get more chromatic notes....

The other hourglass is tuned as Carrell himself advised, which is essentially as a baritone. It has strings as follows:  26w, 22w, 13, 13/13, tuned respectively A', E, A, A/A.  It sounds glorious but the heavier strings do put extra tension on the wooden pegs of course.

...And so to the pegs.  I'm not an expert, but this is what works for me.  Take all the pegs off, but keeping them clearly associated with the hole they came from - in other words be careful to put them back in the exact hole/taper they came from.  I use very fine wire wool or similar to get off any residue from peg paste or any gloss.  Then put on peg dope or peg paste, lightly - just on the areas where the pegs bear on the pegbox.  You should be able to see the two rings on each peg clearly.  Put the peg in the hole and turn it both ways a number of times to distribute the paste evenly.  Try putting on an old string of the right dimensions, get it up to pitch and see if it slips.  If it slips, try some chalk on the same bearing surfaces.  That will make it stick more.  If the opposite - it turns notchily - try more paste to make it turn more smoothly.

BUT, there is a technique to tightening the pegs before you attempt the fine tuning of paste/chalk as above.  You have to use a screwdriver-type action, pushing in hard as you tighten.  And the bass strings, with their higher tension, are usually more susceptible to poor turning technique than the treble strings.

....Well that's quite enough for now.  Let us know how you get on and do ask more questions!

Geoff


Alamaine
06/08/17 12:27:06PM @alamaine:

Thanks!  Happy to be here.


jddahl
04/13/17 06:46:00AM @jddahl:

Thanks Marg for your message !

One of these days, I'll have time to play it again !

Jean-Dag


Helen Seiler
01/11/17 05:26:45PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg, SMN is Standard Music Notation. I can now read a little but mainly rely on Tab. I got my electric blues box guitar the other day and put it together with a bit of fiddling. For US$30 i am very impressed (if it doesnt fall apart). I have started on the lessons in the book and on the cd and am already feeling quite bluesy. I was surprised how well it plays thru my little Roland Microcube amp. Have you put yours together yet. I found the rivet holes were a little narrow... i just ran a metal skewer thru them and they widened out enough to tap the rivets in with a hammer.  i hope you are enjoying yours and thanks again for showing it to me. H x


marg
01/11/17 12:55:53AM @marg:

Helen,

that is so funny, I got one myself. Have not started putting it together yet, so much easier to dream of the finish piece. You have to up-date me on your progress. I hope it will be fun for you


Helen Seiler
12/25/16 06:07:06PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg... well it got the better of me. I received some Christmas money from my brother and he said on the card 'Buy something fun'. So I ordered the little blues box guitar kit. An online book store down here had the same one on sale down here with free postage. Thanks for showing it to me.. i think it will be fun... if i can put it together. Happy holidays and thanks again. Helen x


Helen Seiler
09/12/16 06:27:40PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Marg, it was so kind of you to contact me. Yes i have been missing in action on here for a while... my health has been a bit rough.. with a hand tremor that was affecting a few things including typing and playing... but it has finally improved over this last week.. so i will be back on board soon. How are you travelling Marg?


Geoff Black
09/08/16 09:44:34AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marg

You ask about epinette tuning....and unfortunately it's rather like asking how long is a piece of string!  The longer scale modern epinettes have a melody string tuned to D, but play in G - think DAA tuning and the root of the scale being on the 3rd fret.  The smaller ones are in G, but play in C (ditto).  The drones are tuned a fifth apart to match the G or C tuning respectively.  Using a 0.010 or 0.011 string as a reference on the melody string, try each tuning and see whether it is too slack or too tight.  Or just send me the scale length and I'll hazard a guess....!

Best of luck.

Geoff


Jan Potts
08/26/16 01:28:12AM @jan-potts:

Hi, Marg!  You were asking about members of our dulcimer family affected by the flooding in Louisiana...I don't know who, specifically, but the Lagniappe Festival is held in Port Allen, LA each year and I know that area was flooded. 


MaxUtil
06/14/16 05:12:38PM @maxutil:

Hi Marg,

Good eye! Yes it is a TK O'Brien! Walnut Creek model. Found it used though basically in perfect condition. I've had it for almost two months now and so far very happy. Just starting to learn my way around the frets, but coming along nicely. I'm thinking the action is a little high on it. But I've decided to play for a while longer before I get tempted to do anything "drastic".


Helen Seiler
06/11/16 04:54:13AM @helen-seiler:

Gee thanks Marg, that is so very kind of you. I have a dream of getting over .... but is a few years away yet. If i do I would probably fly into Fort Worth International with Qantas  But Aussies get terrible jet lag flying in your direction cos of the time difference so i wouldnt make a very good house guest...tired n grumpy. But if i do get over i'd love to catch up with u for a strum. What tune are you working on at the moment?


Cynthia Wigington
05/05/16 08:01:12AM @cynthia-wigington:

Hi Marg, thanks for the note. So it sounds like maybe you want to get back into painting? Watercolors? Oils? I would really like to put a few of my painting up here if I could figure out how to do it. I am mostly painting in watercolor these days, but recently did an acrylic painting much larger that I had fun with. Paint with oils too, or have done quite a bit. Would like to see your paintings too. I'm a primitive painter I guess, but not just abstract. There are certain archetypes that keep showing up in my work. It's very relaxing. Follow me back and we can communicate better.


Estes George
04/08/16 09:15:03PM @george-desjardins:

I measured both of them, they don't sit in the same place exactly, but it was where they were when I got them. Measured fromthe edge of the strumming well closest to bridge, and they sit a bit between 1/2 and just shy of 3/4 inch and tune just fine. Hope that helps. 


Estes George
04/08/16 06:45:33PM @george-desjardins:

Hi, just saw your message, I'll measure the distance when I get home and let you know, they are movable bridges.

 As you said, buying used can be an adventure, and actually, my Warren Mays were a surprise because of all my

other dulcimers had fixed bridges, so when I went to restring the Mays as I always do when I get a "new" used one, the bridge came off and I thought I had broken it!

My other big surprise was buying an older John Maxwell and wondering why no matter how i tried tuning it, it just sounded wrong, That's how I learned about Just Intonation, as opposed to the more modern Equal Temperament.

 Glad to say though, so far I've not been disappointed with any of them, just caught off guard every now and then.


Charles Thomas
03/29/16 09:18:30PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks , Marg for your kind comment on "Night Snow". I'll try to make a video. I have a few technical problems to work out first.


Gordon Hardy
02/13/16 10:44:02AM @gordon-hardy:

Marg, i sent the tab in a personal message, should get notification of same. You can probably copy and paste the tab to a word document. If not I can send it to you through regular email.


Gordon Hardy
02/10/16 10:51:06AM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Marg, I have tab for "On Eagle Wings" for noter and drone style playing tuned DAA. If you wish to follow my profile, I can send it to you in a personal message. I don't really good internet service here, seems slow this morning, please bear with me. Gordon.


Charles Thomas
01/11/16 07:16:28PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks, Marg!!!


marg
01/11/16 10:22:24AM @marg:

Alex

(Most craft shops ... here in the Asheville area)

By any chance do you have the names of any of the shops in the Asheville area selling dulcimers?