Byll Posted November 1, 2021 Share Posted November 1, 2021 Having now just discovered the resurrected ED, I signed up, read a number of posts, and realized that my first post was to be one tinged with loss. Hammer dulcimer players all owe our trapezoidal musical realities to Sam Rizzetta, who in the 1960s, discovered the extinct instrument, fell in love with it, and began the process of building it, improving it, performing on it, etc. Many of the innovations we take for granted on modern hammer dulcimers are the result of Sam. He was an engineer, scientist, pilot, dulcimer builder and player, innovator, composer, teacher, and a dear, dear friend. I was honored to spend a whole lot of hours over a whole lot of years, with Sam and Carrie, on their mountain top in West Virginia. I played and performed on instruments he designed, modified, and my current one, which he built as an experiment. 10 years ago, he gave my band permission to use his name as part of our band name: Rizzetta's Tones. Sam passed a few days ago, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. He was a living legend, that was always ready and willing to share his vast knowledge and good humor. He is so missed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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