Fiddle-shaped Dulcimer, Kentucky/West Virginia

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Title

Fiddle-shaped Dulcimer, Kentucky/West Virginia

Description

This modified hourglass dulcimer was acquired by David Schnaufer in July 2003 via Ebay. Its previous owner was located in Northern Illinois.

Identifier

DS-12

Coverage

Kentucky
West Virginia

Dulcimer type

E

Owner

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Cataloged by

S. Conatser; Z. Law

Dimensions--overall

29" x 7" x 1 7/8"

Physical description

wood with metal strings; wood is yellow in hue and varnished; instrument is likely a 20th-century instrument; top is made of two pieces of wood, with the fretboard placed over the seam; back also made of two pieces of wood, whose seam is overlaid with an additional wooden strip; sides are 3 separate pieces of wood; machine-worked metal added to tailpiece with two flat-headed screws; nut and bridge wooden and set into fretboard; 4 notches for strings; 15 brass frets, the fourth of which extends the width of the fretboard, but the others only extend halfway across; frets appear to have been repositioned, and do not appear to represent a true diatonic or chromatic pattern; 4 sound holes, f-shaped; instrument in overall excellent condition

Geolocation

Citation

“Fiddle-shaped Dulcimer, Kentucky/West Virginia,” Appalachian Dulcimer Archive, accessed June 27, 2017, http://dulcimerarchive.omeka.net/items/show/74.