Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

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

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby A Dulcimerplayer » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:58 pm

danc9 & dBennett...What a treasure. Next time I'm in your part of the country, I will definitely visit your museum. How wonderful to be able to see and learn about music. You both are so nice . My dulcimer doesn't look like any of these. Was he a hammered builder as well? All the same builder? What a special man. Thanx Again, Linda
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:13 am

Linda, I don't know anything about Milford's hammered dulcimers. I did find this advertisement though so apparently he did make them:

Hammered Dulcimer made by Milford Blevins. FOR SALE w/matching stand.
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby A Dulcimerplayer » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:21 pm

Thanx so much dBennett. So much wonderful info. I treasure it. I will try to see if I can have luck with a "hybrid" bass. After some consultation with Folkcraft, I will string with a mixture of steel strings and wound strings. One of each on each course. Hopefully, the intonation will be OK and I will have a great mix of bass and brighter notes. What do you think?
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:46 am

A Dulcimerplayer, I don't think it could hurt to experiment. You may be on to something. If you don't like it you can always do something else.

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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

Postby dbennett » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:41 pm

Here's the two Milford Blevins dulcimers that I mentioned earlier. By the way they'd be willing to let them go for $350 each incl. shipping or $600 including shipping for the pair. They are both all walnut. The first one has six strings. Video is at the end. If interested PM me. BTW the dulcimers in the background were not made by Blevins, but by my teacher Jerry Todd.
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