Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

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Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby A Dulcimerplayer » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:43 pm

Just bought a Milford Blevins bass dulcimer from 1997. Signed inside with info, but when I did some digging, all I could find was references to his hammered dulcimer building. Anyone know about his building of mountain dulcimers? Thanx, Linda
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby KenH » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:59 pm

After reading a number of posts, I don't believe he made bass dulcimers. I believe he made large size, long scale dulcimers in the early revival style of the late 1950s, 1960s, early 1970s , when 28" or 29" or even 30" were considered normal VSLs for the dulcimer because few people were playing chords back then.
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:06 pm

A friend of mine bought three of his dulcimers at an auction a few years back. Very pretty.

In addition, one of my co-workers was a neighbor of his when he grew up in Oneida Tennessee.

Obituary https://prod2.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3555754&fh_id=12748

https://www.facebook.com/milford.blevins
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby danc9 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:19 pm

We have a few of his Mountain Dulcimer @ the Museum of Appalachia, John Rice and Milford were friends. I thought I had some records on my computer but sorry I don't. I can get you the information we have Monday.....

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby A Dulcimerplayer » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:56 pm

Ken... Your comments certainly fit the description of this dulcimer. It is 41.5" overall; 28.5" VSL; three" deep; and a lower bout of 12.5". Can I make it a bass? From what I can see inside, it looks pretty sturdy. Don't know if you've ever seen one, but the head stock weighs more than 2 "regular" dulcimers. It is a monster--I call it Fat Albert. It is beautiful-lots of carving and Planet Star Five machines. No 6 1/2 fret, fretboard is 2 1/4" wide, and the sustain just keeps on giving. Gonna play around on and see what I can do. I do have small hands, but maybe I can keep it simple. Hopefully can make it a bass with proper strings. What do you suggest? Thanx, Linda
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby A Dulcimerplayer » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:01 pm

dance9...That would be great! Two people on FOTMD have similar dulcimers. One put a recording of his playing it. Sounds really good, but would love to hear what you can find.
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby danc9 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:25 pm

The Grand we have....
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:25 pm

Here's some photos I took of his dulcimers at the Museum of Appalachia about 2014
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:26 pm

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:26 pm

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:27 pm

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:28 pm

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The interesting thing to me about his dulcimers is that the three my friend acquired at an auction did not look like these and we a but more ornate.
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