Haggerty dulcimer?

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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby joe sanguinette » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:04 am

what kwl said. its a folkcraft kit.
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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby Banjimer » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:58 pm

George Haggerty worked for Folkcraft Dulcimers. When Folkcraft moved to Indiana in 2007, George posted the following on Everything Dulcimer.

"Hello all. Just a couple of things to set the record straight .
Folkcraft Instrument was sold to a company in Indiana. Dave Marks is
going out there to get them set up with all the tooling and
machines. They bought everything. They will be making and selling
Folkcraft dulcimers. mountain, hammered. etc.
They will be selling wood supply and parts . Tuners, strings etc.etc.
Books , C.D's all of that.
Now a little history. Dave marks started Folkcraft Instruments
in Vermont 30 years ago . He is a Music teacher and was teaching in
the Vermont school system. He was making dulcimers and using them in
class to teach the kids music.
. Later he moved everything to Conn.
into a big building that was used at one time as a Packard Auto dealer.
I started working for and with Folkcraft about 25 years ago. At the
time I was a high school shop teacher. In the summer I would take
Folkcraft dulcimers and do craft shows. etc. From there I started
"Folk Craft Music" in Vermont.
I am going to miss the Conn, store . Hope this helps a little. All
the best. I am off to Fla. for a couple of weeks . I will be
teaching, playing and selling dulcimers down there.
George in Vermont Home of . "Folk Craft Music" Sweet-Water Dulcimer
Capo & "August Dulcimer Daze"
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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby avanutria » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:38 pm

Interesting. I'm newbie enough that I hadn't heard of Folkcraft kits. Where do they land in the scale of quality/desirability? I'm guessing better than dulcimer-shaped-objects but lower than individual, developed craftsperson-made?
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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby kwl » Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:56 pm

Folkcraft kits are made from quality parts. The rest depends on the skill of the person assembling the kit. I have seen some badly assembled kits and some skillfully assembled ones. If you are considering buying an already assembled kit, I would ask to see it and play it before buying it.

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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby joe sanguinette » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:21 am

kwl is right. the pic you posted looks like a well made instrument but its best to try out any dulcimer first.....if possible. folkcraft has
a very good reputation
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Re: Haggerty dulcimer?

Postby avanutria » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:30 pm

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the help. Since this dulcimer is located across the country from me, it's not one I can try, and therefore I now know it's not the right one for me. :)
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