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This is my first try at an Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. Front and back are fiddleback maple, sides, tail piece and tuning head are walnut with a padauk fretboard. Finished with clear shellac.
I had a lot of fun with this build learned some new things and will build some more of them.

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Very beautiful instrument. Well done. Build a Strumstick some time. They are fun also.
 

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Cool. Would like to hear it some time.
 

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A very professional looking dulcimer Bruce. Nobody would have guessed that this was your first attempt.
 

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From instrument to shed and from shed to instrument. A great different. I like it Bruce. Making instruments isn't that easy. I hope it sounds okay.
 

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that is a gorgeous dulcimer very nice work.they make beautiful music,by chance do you also play one?
 

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Now you need the "fatigued hat and the one strap old bib overalls to go with it.

Very nice looking instrument!
 

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Very.very nice Bruce. Congratulations on a beautiful job!

I can tell you are an accomplished and patient craftsman. Now, aren't these just fun to build?
 

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They are fun to build and I don't know how to play one but I might work on that.
 

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Fantastic build. A beautiful instrument.
 

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you have a talent for this kind of thing. the dulcimer is a work of art. i used to play the dulcimer. has a beautiful sound. what kind of tuning knobs did you use??
 

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Wow - a Luthier is born right before our eyes. I've always had great admiration for the Craft. They have to make the wood sing. Experiment with different style sound holes. I have an old one from Asheville, NC (I grew up in Charlotte) that has doves in flight as soundholes and it sounds great but It is nowhere near as beautiful as that puppy and mine is gen-U-ine Bonafide Hillbilly. My hat's off to ya Bruce. Would love to hear it as well as lot of folks here. Do you play?
 

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WOW a work of art, congrats to you!!!!!
 

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WOW!! Beautiful, Bruce! I, too, would love to hear it.
 

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Yes beautiful looking instrument sir…
 

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Beautiful! They are not easy to make! Have fun playing it.
 

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Beautiful work! Just beautiful!
 
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