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Mike Byers Hammered Dulcimer (22) RE: BS: Hammered Dulcimer 01 Jun 01

It was a Musicmakers kit I built; good quality and the finished dulcimer sounds fine. I did edgeband the strong-but-kinda-ugly laminated frame to make it look a little neater. But since the "box" itself is a trapezoid, I could have reversed things so a piano player, used to playing the melody with the right hand, would have had a little easier time in the beginning. There's only one tone bar to relocate, plus drilling the sound holes in different places and setting the bridges (held on by string pressure anyway) in the opposite locations. In the end, it didn't make much difference, as the woman who plays this dulcimer picked it up very quickly. There's nothing like forty+ years of Chopin, Bach and Beethoven to develop your musical skills.

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