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Day 228: Dulcimer

Image Courtesy: Meena Arvind
One of the most beautiful instrument I have ever come across. It is called the Dulcimer. This is a fretted string instrument. This specific one shown in the picture is a mountain dulcimer. The roots go back to the Irish settlers of the 19th century. It is made of wood and belongs to the zither family. It is commonly used in bluegrass and country music. I came across this one in Berea and the person who runs the store does woodwork. I loved the store and his work so much that I ended up getting the smallest piece of woodwork from there (the others were super expensive :)). This brand of dulcimers are very popular in the US (Warren May Dulcimers) and are traditional true diatonic. They range from $500-$800. I think they can also make it starting from $400 (I did not see it there on that day). The wood usually used is walnut, cherry. It has been a while since I visited this place (almost 2 years ago) and I can still recall the beautiful store and the nicest master wood craftsman I have ever met.

One of the sweetest sounds :) Do play these videos and enjoy the beautiful music.



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