The Mousetrapezoid wrote:When is a Cripple Creek dulcimer not a Cripple Creek? (...at least, not anymore...)
Recently I bought a used mountain dulcimer on Ebay as a starter instrument. As I said in another thread recently, Ebay is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: you never know what'cher gonna get.
The provenance on my "Box of Chocolates" teardrop MD is getting curiouser and curiouser. It was listed on Ebay as a Cripple Creek dulcimer and, indeed, the label inside says "Cripple Creek Dulcimers" but with an address in "Harbor Town Mall, Branson, MO" and with the phone number that is listed on the Cedar Creek website! Included in the shipment was an old brochure/sales-receipt from "Cedar Creek Dulcimers" -- and the logo is in the same set of typefaces as the "Cripple Creek" label inside the instrument. The brochure lists a "Red Mountain" model made of walnut and birch veneer, similar to what I bought, as having been part of the original sale along with a "deerskin pick pouch" (also included in the Ebay auction -- it is stamped with the "Cripple Creek" name!).
Cedar Creek now has a different address in Branson, and the Cripple Creek Dulcimers folks are in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The current Cripple Creek website lists a "Red Mountain Teardrop Pro" model ("solid hardwoods and softwoods"). The Ebay auction description only said, "...Believe it to be a Red Mountain model." But the Cedar Creek website lists an MD of exactly the same size, shape and depth, made of "birch laminate" (like my newly-purchased MD) and named the "Red Meadow". The Red Meadow pictured has very nearly the same (but not exactly the same) moon-and-stars pattern as my MD.
The oddest thing about my Crippled-cedar Creek "Red Meadow-on-the-Mountain" model ( ) is that the fingerboard does not have a strum hollow! I can't find this no-hollow fingerboard as an option or a photo on the website of either "Creek". Strange.
Seems obvious that Cripple Creek and Cedar Creek split up or grew away from each other somewhere along the line. Can anyone out there fill me in on the history of this parting of the ways? Also, I notice that the Cedar Creek hourglass MD's bear an almost-exact resemblance to T.K. O'Brien's "Walnut Creek" hourglass MDs. What is the story behind all these "Creeks"??
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