I have worked with my hands most of my life as a technician of one sort or another. Used to play cornet, trumpet and tuba and no longer have the wind to play.
Decided to build my own dulcimer after a friend built me a couple of tear drops. Been in the wood shop at the local community center off an on for a few years.
This was easier than expected and satisfying. Tone quality is great. Paid extra for a chromatic fret board. Wish I had Richard and company put in the position dots. Called and Richard gave me ideas on putting them in. Adhesive dots for the time being from the Big A.
All parts were top quality and fit perfectly. Finished dulcimer had excellent sound. Base string is a bit heavy. Takes some getting used to. Overall, it’s my best instrument.
After a very helpful phone conversation I ordered the hourglass kit in walnut, it was shipped exactly when I needed it. There were no flaws whatsoever, I put it together in a few days and am very happy with the result. The dulcimer sounds great and the playability is very good.
The only problems I had came from my not always understanding the sequence of building steps. All my fault, but maybe the instructions could be even clearer when it comes to pics/text and what to do when. And this only resulted in a couple of small gaps between body and fretboard which I managed to fill with walnut scraps from what I had cut away. I also made this into a three string dulcimer and plugged one of the peg holes.
I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve gotten from Folkcraft. They only sell top quality merchandise.
A nice kit with good instructions. I am just starting the build with my grandson. The kit came on time (a day or two from order date). Our fist step was to verify the contents which were exactly as stated. My grandson was intrigued by the two type of wood Cherry with sound board of Western Redwood Cedar. We talked about finishing with tung oil or lacquer. He choose the oil. Next step is to get him his first tool box and the needed items identified in the instructions. Instructions Make it easy to do the build and share a passion with my grandson.