Help buying a Dulcitar

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Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby salasay » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:54 pm

I would like to get a dulcitar, but i cant seem to find a good one that's not too expensive. I'm trying to find one with 4 strings like the Seagull Merlin, but with a longer neck. The Roosebeck Wildwood Dulcimer looks about what I want, but I saw a post from a while back that their quality can be spotty. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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Re: Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby KenH » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:40 pm

The Seagull Merlin has also had a number quality issues as well, as reported by folks here. My suggestion is to buy from an American builder, not a mass producer. Google "stick dulcimer" and you'll find a lot more info than using "dulcitar", which is an uncommon name for them.

G.S. Monroe down here in Florida builds relly nice "sticks".
Smokey Mountain Dulcimers has some unusual ones available.
Folkcraft makes stick dulcimers too; the only mass-producer who's instruments I would trust.
McNally is the quintesential American stick builder
Craggy Mountain Dulcimers also makes sticks
If you're in Europe, it's hard to beat Michael J. King, of England as a builder, plans and parts supplier.
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Re: Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby frets alot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:02 pm

For a higher-end version, check out the Olympia Walkabout. Here's the link:
http://walkaboutdulcimer.com/
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Re: Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby salasay » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:03 pm

Yeah, my price range is pretty much just less than $200. Cheaper is generally better for me, but I basically want the highest quality stick that's less than about $200. If I can't find one like that with the doubled melody string, Then i will just take the 3-string, but i'd rather find a 4 string.
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Re: Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby pt66 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:25 am

It is unlikely you will find an instrument of this type for under $200. The one I just built sold for $350.00
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Re: Help buying a Dulcitar

Postby strumelia » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:42 am

salasay wrote:Yeah, my price range is pretty much just less than $200. Cheaper is generally better for me, but I basically want the highest quality stick that's less than about $200. If I can't find one like that with the doubled melody string, Then i will just take the 3-string, but i'd rather find a 4 string.


Salasay, where are you located? I might have something for you well within in that price range.
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