I like to refer to dulcimer straps as "seat belts," and if I'm playing while sitting, I always buckle up.
I've been using another maker's straps, with the buckle in the middle, since I bought my first wooden mountain dulcimer, so putting the dulcimer on or taking it off requires lifting it over my head. Never occurred to me as a problem (except when wearing a big hat) - but, come to think of it, that probably hasn't looked elegant on stage.
Lo and behold, I just tried a Folkcraft strap (the 1" version, in my case), and it has buckles right AT BOTH ENDS. Unbuckling it is as easy as reaching for a tuning peg. This must be a godsend for players who have difficulty reaching behind their backs or raising an instrument over their heads!
One note: You may want one for each dulcimer you play frequently, because the leather endpieces are sturdy and take some finger strength to get onto your strap button. No problem - now you know what you want for your next birthday!
This is a well made strap. The quick release buckles on either end make it easy to use.
Some quick releases are really hard to use, but the quick releases on this strap are quite workable. It's a sturdy piece of equipment that should last for a very long time.
This was the third dulcimer strap I have purchased-one for each instrument. I enjoy the ease of strapping it on and the quick release works really well. I would recommend this type of dulcimer strap.
I am very impressed with the strap. The quality is excellent and it definitely makes playing a lot easier.