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Dulci-Bro: Where can I get one?

07 Aug

by Steve Eulberg

We have begun a Lesson series on learning to play the Dulci-Bro and the natural question arises:  where can I get one?

Homer Ledford is credited by at least one observer as being the originator of a resonator dulcimer.

(Alvey, R. Gerald. Dulcimer Maker: the craft of Homer Ledford. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.)

I ordered mine (many years ago) from Don Neuhauser, who quite simply, is an amazing dulcimer builder! Don is in Charlestown, Indiana.

My dulci-bro is built with a full Quarterman, spun-aluminum cone, in a body of cherry is that is aging in the rich tones that Don predicted it would.  It comes with a raised nut and heavier gauge strings so that it can be played with a slide, National Guitar or Dobro-style.  [Contact him dot3518 (at) gmail.com ]

Mike Clemmer, of Wood-N-Strings Dulcimers also builds what he calls the “Clemm-Bro” and this link shows him playing it for a local television interview.  I have played Mike’s and enjoy it’s tone and playability.  Mike is in Townsend, Tennessee.

Ben Seymour, of Kudzu Patch Dulcimers is building the “Dulci-nator.”  I have not played his instruments, but have one of his Galax dulcimers and absolutely love its playability, appearance and tone.  Ben is in Tryon, North Carolina.

[The other builders can be contacted via their websites.]

At DulcimerCrossing.com, we have a series of lessons dedicated to playing this fine instrument in the slide style.

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 7, 2012 in lessons, mountain dulcimer

 

6 responses to “Dulci-Bro: Where can I get one?

  1. Steve Eulberg

    August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    John Keane is expecting his resonator dulcimer to arrive from Folkcraft any day now: http://www.folkcraft.com/2318562.html?se=58_25592_78403861ef8d29b9370ac0817a9b4456_1313697697

     
  2. Steve Eulberg

    August 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    David Lynch makes a “dulcinator” http://sweetwoodsinstruments.com/specialties.htm

     
  3. Steve Eulberg

    August 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Bernd Krause says he makes these to order: https://www.facebook.com/bernd.krause.5680

     
  4. Steve Eulberg

    July 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Bob Magowan (Western Tennessee) has also built a nice dulci-bro instrument. Contact him via Lee Cagle in Memphis: http://www.leecagledulcimers.com/id21.html

     
  5. Steve Eulberg

    July 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    At Kentucky Music Week this summer I was also able to play a couple of Rich’s “resonator dulcimers” from Folkcraft: http://www.folkcraft.com/2321771.html and http://www.folkcraft.com/2321755.html

     
  6. Steve Eulberg

    July 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    As I was searching for this kind of instrument, the depth and breadth of tone was my main concern. Don Neuhauser uses a full Quarterman cone (just like Dobro or National guitars) which includes an intricate web that spreads the resonance of the tone from the bridge throughout the entire cone. That tone is what I find sooooo–satisfying.

     

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