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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:28 pm
by dbennett
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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:58 pm
by A Dulcimerplayer
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

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:13 am
by dbennett
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.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/572660908851928847/

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:21 pm
by A Dulcimerplayer
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?

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:46 am
by dbennett
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?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:41 pm
by dbennett
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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Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:21 am
by dbennett
FYI: The six string Blevins is sold but the four stringer is still available. :)

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:47 pm
by carney
I picked up one of his dulcimers sometime ago. It is very large and sounds amazing. But a little hard to string. I discovered banjo strings work best. It is a standout dulcimer. Does anyone know how many he made?

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:33 pm
by carney
My Blevins is very large and numbered in 140's. It is also very ornate with a flower carved in the fret board with a sound hole.

Re: Milford Blevins as mountain dulcimer builder?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:54 pm
by MZD
I saw Milford Blevins at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming for several years. I bought a maple dulcimer of his just for the beauty of the wood and the art work on it. It is quite large. One of my friends called it a pregnant dulcimer.