John Scales Jr.

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John Scales Jr.

Postby danc9 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:48 am

Any one have a straight on image of his piece? Thank you in advance,

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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby dholeton » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:04 am

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There is a picture of a dulcimer made by John Scales Jr in 1832 at this website.

http://themagazineantiques.com/article/the-virginia-dulcimer/

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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby dholeton » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:18 am

Three pictures of the same dulcimer exist on page 46 of L. Allen Smith's book "A Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers". The pictures are of the top, side view, and back.
Other information in the book are:
Length 840
Two of four strings fretted on 14 frets
VSL = 591
Belly and sides are maple, the back, fingerboard, and tuning head are walnut.
It is believed the original tuning pegs were replaced with mechanical tuning pegs "recently" ("recently" I think is relative to the time L. Allen Smith reviewed the instrument in 1975).

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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby Banjimer » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:10 pm

Dan, are you planning to make a reproduction of the Scales dulcimer?
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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby danc9 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:16 pm

No, just the sound box shape. The tapered peg head and tail piece will be a little different, and three strings.

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P.S. But I can if you want one!
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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby Frimp » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:30 pm

danc9 wrote:P.S. But I can if you want one!


Every luthier's famous watchword!!
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Re: John Scales Jr.

Postby danc9 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:20 pm

You know it Brother!

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