Three Ledfords

Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
09/03/13 07:07:11PM
@curtis-carlisle-bouterse

I now have accumulated three dulcimers by Homer C Ledford; I also have a fretless banjer I bought from him in 1964 but that's different story. I reported on the first instrument, found in Michigan, last year; the second is from Florida and the third from Ohio. I sent the information to Bill Johnson to update the "official" list but, in the meantime, here is a brief survey of their characteristics.

A., Unnumbered. Walnut sides, pegbox; top and back pine(?), pegs butternut, diamond soundholes. Staple frets under 2 strings, end pin [cf Amburgey]; o.a.length 32 3/4," VSL 27 1/4," depth 1 5/8."

B., Unnumbered. Very fancy (quilted walnut?) sides, pegbox; less fancy walnut back, spruce(?) top, pegs rosewood (cf my 1964 HCL banjer), diamond soundholes. Staple frets under 2 strings except long 3rd fret; plastic dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10; o.a. length 33 1/8." VSL 27 1/4," depth 1 7/8."

C., No. 946 (undated, but ca 1963). Butternut top, rest walnut, patent tuners (orig?), diamond soundholes. Staple frets under 2 strings except long 3rd fret; o.a. length 33 1/4," VSL 26 3/4," depth 1 3/4."

This should serve as an encouragement to all dulcimer lovers to keep looking. As someone famously said, "The truth is [they are] out there."