The Dulcimer


Dulcimers have always fascinated me… as well as other diatonically tuned instruments. That might be so because of my first instrument: a 10-hole blues harmonica.

They are like precise tools set up for a particular job… just like a sniper rifle or a fork…

My first dulcimer or should I say diatonically fretted 3 string guitar came to being out of my… carelessness. I was about to start installing some jumbo frets on a new guitar when I realized I’d run out of them… I only had a few pieces left, not enough to complete the job, though. 

Why not make a dulcimer? – said I.

That’s it. That’s my dulcimer story. Well, not really. As a matter of fact, I have never built a dulcimer. Neither a mountain dulcimer nor a hammered one. I mean, I did hammer a few but it was due to my poor anger management…

I did build, however, several diatonically fretted instruments which are electrified variations on the traditional dulcimer. What they have in common, though, is their fretting pattern. Is that enough to call them dulcimers? You know what? As some friends once told me: They’re not meant to be called… they’re meant to be played! 

This one has been sitting on my bench for a long time. Countless coats of French polish left me thinking hard if I’m already French or still Polish… I’ve been told that its hand-carved headstock bears a resemblance to Homo neanderthalensis. Well, at least that proves I’m not homophobic, I guess. Oh, and the volume knob is crowned with piece of genuine amber. Est-ce qu’il vous plaît?

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