Hurray, welcome fellow new dulcimer player with the same chosen favorite song!
McSpadden dulcimers are very good. Consistently good quality and sound. Many times people purchase dulcimers with the intent to learn but never "get around to it". I have purchased several over the years which had had very little playing time if any in almost as new condition. One had not been played at all. Tags still on and pick and noter stick in a sealed envelope. That price seems fair to me.
Thank you Richard~I’m glad you saw my post. I value your input. I dont know how, or from who the seller acquired the dulcimer. If he plays, he hasn’t said as much, but he commented about the quality of the brand and mentioned re-stringing, so he’s way ahead of me. I think the dulcimer he’s described may fit the bill of some you’ve purchased in the past, and that would be awesome for someone like myself. If I knew anyone who made repairs, I wouldn’t worry so much about all the “what ifs.” Im trying to imagine how cool it must have been to find a golden oldie that still had the tags and accessories sealed in an envelope!!!
Hi ~ good evening to everyone. I hope someone can share their best educated opionion regards a dulcimer purchase Im considering. I received an offer to purchase an M12-S McSpadden for $320. The price includes the hard shell case and the cost of shipping, and the sellar lists it in “very good condition.” When I asked if he might have any other details (beyond the make and model) he added this:
The strings are not brand new but it has a new set with it. I would restring it but the ones on it have a lot of life left in them, they are steel. It is solid walnut on the sides and back, solid spruce top. It is from the 1998-2005 era. Mcspadden only makes good instruments an this is no exception.
All of this feels a bit daunting~I wouldn’t know a good buy from a pig in a poke. But if this price is fair, or good, or, perhaps, amazing, I think I should pull the trigger so I can get started taking lessons. Thank you!
Hey Moon-Dancer, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome Moon Dancer to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. And yes the dulcimer has a wonderful sweet and magical sound. Let us know if you have questions and we will do our best to get you the best answer. Your choice of McSpadden even if used, is a wise one. They are consistently well built and nice sound dulcimers.
Welcome to FOTMD Moon Dancer. Mountain dulcimers are, indeed, magical instruments. Many people find that they can't live with just one. Let us know if we can help you in any way as you start your dulcimer journey. Introduce yourself and let us know more about the music that you enjoy playing. You will find that we are friendly group of dulcimer enthusiasts.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Thank you for your warm welcome and gracious offer. Except for the magic of the music, this is all completely new to me. The first time I ever heard the music of a dulcimer, I was struck by it’s uniquely beautiful sound; I imagined how wonderful it would be to play. I’ve never had the opportunity to learn from someone until very recently, when a long time player relocated to our growing community. I discovered her by happenstance and reached out to inquire whether she also gave beginner lessons, which she does. Im currently on the hunt for a gently used, muchly loved dulcimer so I can begin my journey. I just hope I’m not all thumbs!
Hi Dancer, 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.
Hi Ben. Thank you~it’s lovely to be here!