Hollow limb dulcimer

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Project by mountain934 posted 03-09-2011 01:20 AM 1784 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here`s another one of my unique stringed instruments. Its a 4 string lap stlye dulcimer made from a hollow butternut tree limb, the top wood is hemlock. This instrument is filled with bone, deer antler, wood and butternut shell carvings. If you look through the soundhole you can see the ground, there`s a large open knot hole on the bottom at the back of the instrument. I also installed a piezo pickup in it so it can be plugged into my amp. It has a natural arm rest on the back.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 02:28 AM

OOOOOOOO my mouth is still open. I don’t know what or witch emotion was going through my mind when I first viewed your project. I do like it and it is 1 of a kind. I guess I am used to the traditional one. When you know what it is but you make someone think hard, you built imagination. I am impressed. IMHO;)

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 11:16 PM

Another awesome instrument from Randy S Bretz. He is a true craftsman that makes musically functional art. Visit Randy's page at the Handmade Music Clubhouse, a network of builders & players of all types of home made instruments. Warning: this is a highly addictive hobby!

-- Make some sawdust & make some music!

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