I bought the mountain dulcimer kit as a gift for my husband. The quality is very good and directions thorough although complicated. He’s having a great time building it!
Some of the diagrams don't match the descriptions or instructions. Some of the instructions are less than complete or comprehendible. For example, when attaching the sound board, sometimes referred to as the top pieces, matching the grain required cutting one half inch off of one board. I'm still not sure if this was necessary as it didn't visually matter once the boards were gapped and attached to the finger board. The finger board extends one quarter inch beyond the sound board, which may or may not be intentional. I still have questions. It seems that Folkcraft has received both the kit and the instructions from an outside provider and hasn't really reviewed them. Still, most of it eventually made enough sense to produce a very nice looking instrument. It isn't yet finished so I don't know the sound quality but I'm guessing it will be very nice. A very sharp utility knife is needed to cut the sound board and back board. Now that I've built one I'd do it again.
Pricey. Nicely engineered. Nice pieces of stock. No kerfing included. Tuner bars longer than the headstock notch after finish sanding. No tuner bar grommets included.
This was a great purchase, timely arrival, very good condition, beautiful wood. Hubby is having fun building the dulcimer.
It is hard for me to review this kit because I built a custom instrument from parts of this kit. While the directions are short and partially pictorial, if you follow the directions, do some outside research and look at examples you can build a beautiful instrument from this kit. The wood selection is good and book matched parts are nicely selected, and the peg head is finely machined. The key here is everything is made of SOLID WOOD, there are no laminated or plywood parts.
I made several requests when I ordered my kit.
1. I wanted a longer scale length, so Richard was nice enough to send a fingerboard blank and fret wire instead of a finished board so I could make the scale I chose.
2. I wanted 2 1/4” tall sides. Again the good people at Folkcraft made changes and substituted parts.
No other “ kit” is the quality of this one. And building this kit can allow enough experience to build a more intricate instrument the next time. My instrument came out exceptional and sounds Amazing.