Browse Items (18 total)

  • Collection: The David Schnaufer Instrument Collection

"Jet Engine" Side Sound Hole [Dulcimer]

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David Schnaufer acquired this instrument in May of 2005 through an online auction on eBay. It appears to be a mid- to late 19th century instrument.

[Coffee County Dulcimer #1]

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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:

THE HARMONICA

Mfg. & sold…

[Lawrence County Dulcimer #2]

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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]

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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…

[Sullivan County Dulcimer #1]

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This music box dates from the late 19th century, and was purchased by David Schnaufer around 1990 for $325 from an antique dealer in Black Mountain, NC.

Big Tyler Mountain Dulcimer

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Schnaufer's notes for this instrument read as follows: "Big Tyler Mt., West Virginia/1911/Maker - Denis McCown for Helen Melton Saffel/Owner Schnaufer/Purchased from Wanda Parrish (Las Vegas, Nevada), great niece of Helen Saffel, 1987." Wanda Parrish…

Bowed Dulcimer, by Sylvan James, Gass[a]way, West Virginia

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This instrument was built in 1969 by Sylvan James of Gassaway, WV. In Gerald Milnes's 1999 book Play of a Fiddle, James is described as a "pre-Revival Braxton County dulcimer maker, Lower Mill Creek."

Fiddle-shaped Dulcimer, Kentucky/West Virginia

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

Fraley Plywood [Dulcimer], Eastern Kentucky

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David Schnaufer purchased this hourglass-shaped dulcimer from A. Fraley of Kentucky in 1989. It was most likely made in the early 20th century.

German Scheitholt

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This scheitholt appears to be an early 19th-century instrument, and is an exemplar of the predecessor to the Appalachian dulcimer. The fretboard and the body are the same, with frets extending down only one side of the instrument, the remaining…