Zira wrote:If that number is correct, he must have been neck & neck with McSpadden when he closed down. That also explains why there are so many on e-bay, and why they run the gamut from cheap plywood DSO's to fairly nice instruments.
kwl wrote:Richard, thanks for sharing all this information from John Naylor. You are correct that it probably belongs in the history section, but I still enjoy reading it here. Besides more people will probably read and learn from this thread as I doubt that many of them read the History section.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
There are definitely some Dulcimer Factory dulcimers out there that are very desirable, even if business considerations forced them to produce quite a few that are not. Now we know which ones to look for.
What would be a fair price on a dulcimer like the one you descibed made in 95? Thanks
The labelling system. There are two numbers on every Dulcimer Factory mountain dulcimer. The first is the master production number. This sequence included other instruments made by DF including hammered dulcimers, bowed psaltries and plucked psaltries. (DF also made door chimes -- I forgot to confirm whether these were numbered as well). There was a single label stamping device that increased by one digit automatically everytime it punched a label. The mountain dulcimer John will compete this month, which he says will be his last, is numbered 31,008.
The second number (model) looks something like this: DF491. The last two digits of the model number are the year of manufacture. No month was noted. The first three digits specify the model:
DF1 The Backpack Dulcimer (Birch Plywood, fish shaped)
DF2 The Vinewood Dulcimer (Birch Plywood, fish shaped)
DF3 The Rocky Top (Birch Plywood, pear-shaped/teardrop)
DF4 The Appalachian (Birch Plywood, hourglass)
DF5 Hardwood (various high quality hardwoods. Both teardrop and hourglass.)
DF6 Deluxe (Hardwood teardrops and hourglasses with inlay work)
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