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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jul 16th, 2019 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

It was a handcrafted 1890's mountain dulcimer. Being a lefty, I couldn't play it well but it was still fun to try.

If only it could tell tales of where it's been.

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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jul 16th, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

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Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 16th, 2019 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW. 100% hand made. Beautiful! Looks like maple.

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Jul 17th, 2019 02:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is very nice indeed. Does the neighbor know how to play it?

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LeftyMeister
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Jul 17th, 2019 04:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

P, she said it's poplar. I dunno if that's right.

L, she can mess around with it and make a basic tune.

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The Escalator
Jul 17th, 2019 05:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

It does look more like maple. But 100+ year old poplar... I don’t know what that looked like.

Poplar these days has more streaks in the grain. But I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination.

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Jul 17th, 2019 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's a little shop in Mountain View, AR that makes dulcimers, pretty cool place. I doubt that it was there in the 1890's though.

Don't you play them sitting on your lap? Just turn it around if you're a lefty. ;)


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Jul 17th, 2019 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think you *are* allowed to play Stairway on these.

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Jul 17th, 2019 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I dunno, man.

The first syllable in dulcimer is "dull."

"o)

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Jul 17th, 2019 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

The pegs are white oak.

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The Escalator
Jul 17th, 2019 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ That’s weird. I thought they were wood.

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Jul 17th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s beautiful. They’re all the rage around here. We have a three day Dulcimer festival every year at the park. I know two women that can really play these instruments, utilizing chords rather than tunings to play in various keys.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jul 17th, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Don't you play them sitting on your lap? Just turn it around if you're a lefty."

The trick was putting the batteries in backward.

Proof

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Jul 17th, 2019 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

It appears to me the pegs are walnut and replacements for the originals.

The heart holes are "backwards" very cool.



LeftyMeister
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Jul 17th, 2019 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good eye, Jefe! She did say the tuning pegs had been replaced.

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Jul 17th, 2019 10:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The heart holes are "backwards" very cool."

Oh! So, It really is made for a lefty! ;)


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Jul 18th, 2019 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

;o)

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