Appalachian Flutes & Dulcimers - Construction

I love designing Dulcimers to meet the desires, and preferences of my customers. But, I also feel it is necessary to define the dulcimers I build in a manner easily understood by both experienced, and novice dulcimer players.

I have a well-defined type of dulcimer, the scroll-head, foot, and a number of sound-holes are uniquely Appalachian Flutes and Dulcimers Designs. My reviews also describe the construction, finish, sound, and wood selection as uniquely mine.

I also pride myself in using only salvaged, reclaimed wood from the SW Virginia Mountains to build each of my instruments, my most popular of which, the Virginia Dogwood, is rapidly succumbing to the Anthracnose disease.  

Here is what you can find with my Dulcimer Designs:

  1. Solid construction - Select hardwoods, no vaneer or plywood. Consistently planed components; tops, bottoms, sides. Book-matched joined tops and bottoms to achieve the most attractive appearance, and the best quality hardware; tuners, strings, and frets.
  2. Unique Sound-holes - I design all my sound-holes, a number of which were started by my customers. I also use some of the standard sound-holes; hearts, f-notes, hummingbirds, and doves. I also use Pyrography (wood-burning) to accentuate my designs.
  3. Fret-board and tuning - my fret-boards are un-matched for accurate tuning, smooth performance, and appearance. Most are black walnut because of the wood's consistent grain, strength, and stability. I offer two lengths, 26 1/2" VSL, and 28" VSL.
  4. Finish - Each dulcimer receives numerous sandings using varying grades of paper. Then numerous finishing coats are applied with wet-dry sanding before each coat. The coats are semi-gloss, but the final finish is satin.
  5. Electric - I have developed a very affordable way to add on-board electronics which, while adding an unlimited array of sound options, does not affect the stand-alone sound of the instrument. Example:

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