I thought you might be interested in what I found out about my new old dulcimer. it was built by a man named David McKinney who has a dulcimer building business in Arkansas called modern Mountain dulcimers. He built this 30 years ago when he was in apprenticeship. He recognized it instantly from the pictures because it had an experimental tailpiece on it and he did very few hearts. He also remembered it because it was one of two he made with this wood on top and he dislike the resulting sound very much. It is a very different sound, I'll say. And I've never heard one before made from....Sassafras. thank you for your comments. Rebecca
Welcome to FOTMD SonnyandBecky. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. It looks to me like the top of your dulcimer is spruce, but it is difficult to tell from the pictures. It could be western red cedar as well. I can't tell if it has a reddish color to it. It it is more yellow in color, it is spruce.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hey Sonny and Becky. Welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Sonny and Becky, 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 meet some good people.
Welcome Sonnyandbecky to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great place to hang out, learn and make many new dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.
Welcome, SonnyandBecky, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here
Could any luthier out there tell me what kind of wood is the top of my dulcimer made?