I purchased three Flowering Sun Rosettes. One at 1 1/2" and two at 2.3/16". Now, I build stick dulcimers (about two per year). Each one I try to make better than the one before and I started using these rosettes to add a little class to them. Normally, I cut a 1 1/2" sound hole. In my last one, I grabbed the wrong hole saw (I have quite a a few) which did not cut a hole, it chewed a hole in the soundboard. Well, that was awful and there was no way to repair short of drilling it out to the next larger size (1 3/4"). Now the rosettes wouldn't fit and I couldn't find any 1 3/4" rosettes anywhere. Then I looked closely at the image of the Flowering Sun rosette and noted that it has an internal design separated from an outer ring ty thin 'struts'. I measured the image on the screen, did some calculations and found that the inner design was awfully close to 1 3/4".
so I ordered two in the hopes that I could remove the outer ring and fit this to my instrument. Long story short, it worked. The inner design was a tad over 1 3/4" which meant I had to slightly enlarge the soundhole. Then press the rosette into place. Note that removing the outer ring leaves a rosette that is fairly delicate. You have to be very careful while handling it and pressing it in place. Get it right the first time because you won't be able to remove it with breaking it. A little CA and it is now fixed in place. and looks nice. [I did it twice because I had drilled a 1 3/4" hole in a previous instrument]
Many different quality sound holes to choose from. They are very sturdy and add that unique look to your dulcimer.
Haven't used them yet but they look nice.
The flowering sun rosette from Folkcraft is a consistent favorite. It is difficult to find rosettes elsewhere and they are almost invariably Celtic which is not always appropriate for my instruments inspired more by Medieval Spain and Eastern Europe. Great product and service - I like the options and affordability.
I like the selections available and chose the ocean waves. I wish it came in just a bit smaller diameter. I use 2 forstner bits to create a ledge opening but the closest size bit I could find is 2 1/8” which is too small. I ended up sanding the rosettes and managed to break one in the process. I realize I can find another way to make the holes but the bits are just so easy. Other than that I’m very happy with them. The ordering and subsequent communication from Folkcraft is excellent.