Something that I’ve always wanted to do is make a musical instrument.
I would alo like to be able like to play the instrument that I make.
My final inspiration came from seeing Jon’s wonderful Dulcimer.
It to me looked absolutely wonderful and a perfect Dulcimer.
Next step was to find out more about them.
I on;y learned ho to pronounce the name after Jon & Gordon (two of my Jolly Rouges) said it half a dozen times.
Although the Appalachian dulcimer appeared in regions dominated by Irish and Scottish settlement, the instrument has no known precedent in Ireland or Scotland. However, several diatonic fretted zithers exist in Continental Europe, which bear a strong similarity to the dulcimer. Jean Ritchie (The Dulcimer Book, 1974) and others have speculated that the Appalachian dulcimer is related to similar European instruments like the langeleik, scheitholt, and epinette des Vosges.
So it is 100% a product of The United States of America.
So next was to find some plans.
http://www.pilgrimsprojects.biz/dulc.html have a great selection and I chose The Mountain Dulcimer “Hourglass” Style.
$6.50 got me a full size plan delivered to Scotland. It arrived in under a week
I’ve never tackled a project like this before, so any advice will be welcome
I thought I would start a blog and share the project as I go along.
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe