The David Schnaufer Instrument Collection


This collection is comprised of historical instruments collected by David Schnaufer and given to the Tennessee State Museum following his death in 2006. Appalachian dulcimers of all types are represented.


  • D. Schnaufer

Collection Items

[Coffee County Dulcimer #1]
This dulcimer was purchased by Paul Pyle of Tullahoma, Tennessee in the early 1970s, and later sold by his wife to David Schnaufer in 2002. It

A label affixed to the side of the instrument reads as follows:


Mfg. & sold…

[Lawrence County Dulcimer #2]
This instrument was owned by David Schnaufer, and dates from the early twentieth century. Its unusual sound hole is identical to that of another instrument owned by G. of Pulaski, Tennessee. Given the unusual height of the bridge and nut, this…

[Lawrence County Dulcimer #4]
David Schnaufer purchased this instrument from Carriage House Antiques in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in the early 1990s. The instrument itself dates from the late 1800s, and although it is not signed, its likely builder is T. R. Goodman, as at least…
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