Once I received my cardboard dulcimer, I was afraid I couldn't put it together. However, I decided to start. If I couldn't finish it I would get help. I did it all by myself. I did have trouble installing the frets and some places my strings buzz. Overall, I am very happy with my chromatic dulcimer.
Another reviewer stated he got help from his neighbors to do the fret work. I don't have that neighbor so my fret wires are a mess.
I think the kit should come fretted because I don't have hours to file the hard fret wire down or a neighbor with the right power tool.
After some time on this it's still in the box.....
The item arrived right on time with all parts and instructions included. It is a pretty decent dulcimer for the price.
I love the sound. Thank you.
This kit was a gift from my husband. I have been curious about this type of dulcimer for awhile, egged on by what I saw that Sam Edelston (and others) could do with one when I watched his videos. I felt this would be a low cost way to get my feet wet and expand my learning the kinds of songs that I can't do on my other MDs. Have all the notes and expanded chord possibilities? Yes, I like this. And, it will kick my butt into gear to focus and learn chord theory more deeply.
I must admit I did not do all the assembly work. Getting help locally from some other neighbors did not work out. Not having proper tools, bits, files, or workspace, I ended up enlisting Richard's help finishing the fretboard. It was worth the extra expense. I finally finished assembling the rest of it this past weekend and I am pleased with the end results and the sound of it. The directions were okay after reading through them a few times; the photos a bit small and blurry to see but I figured it out. I look forward to learning more music with this instrument. Who knows, I may invest in another better chromatic dulcimer in the future if I take to it well. Thanks, Folkcraft, Richard, for making this possible.