My Honaker style dulcimore arrived today safe and sound. I was working so my lovely wife sent me a picture of it in it's packing box so I could see that it arrived. Also, I think to also rub it in that I was working and couldn't see it or touch it yet. Then I had to anxiously await the time I could get home to check it out. I gotta say...even the wooden shipping box is really nice. Unless they drove over it I can't imaging the contents getting too messed up during shipping. Anyway...2 hours later after removing about 450 screws from the top I finally got it out. I'm kidding. It only took about 10 minutes and maybe 15 screws. The pictures of it that are posted are really nice, but in person this dulcimore is exceptional. Bobby's choice of wood and quality of construction are amazing. So after looking it over a few minutes I figured I better try it and see how it sounds. Surprisingly even after shipping it was still pretty much in tune. It is unison tuned and all the strings were tuned just a touch flat of dddd. I have never played a dulcimore with a double melody string or unison tuned. This dulcimore sounds great too. Plays so easily and smoothly. I will try to record and post something soon. After playing a few tunes I wanted to check to see if it fit in a nice case that I had purchased awhile ago for a dulcimer I sold so I could get this one. An almost perfect fit! I am ecstatic. What a great job, Bobby!
So far I have gotten 3 dulcimers from Bobby, a Shoat, a Boss Torc, and now the Honaker. I can't say enough good things about them. They are all wonderfully made and sound great. They also are all different tunings (different keys) so I like that too. Anyone looking to own a quality instrument that not only looks great, but sounds great too certainly would not go wrong with one of Bobby's dulcimores. We went back and forth with how to fret (just intonation, equal, or mean tone), and also what to tune to and Bobby is always ready to talk thru pluses and minuses of different ideas, as well as offer suggestions on what to do. Again, just a great guy to deal with and one I highly recommend.
Now, somebody message him and buy that Whistlepig he has for sale or soon I will have 4 dulcimores made by Bobby, and I might lose a wife!!
I’ve come to the conclusion I have a dulcimore problem. Haha Or possibly just a money problem? I have several more I’d like to get, but just don’t have the money. I need to get one of Dan’s “Grands”, and one of John’s Galax. Oh yeah...I need a bigger house because my house isn’t big enough to support my dulcimore habit. Haha I need help!
Post by saltsprings on Aug 24, 2019 17:16:32 GMT -5
Have you ever noticed that when we even mention buying another dulcimer there is a change in what I call the spousal mode? Couple that with the progression of fretting that goes from equal temperment, a short lecture characterized with a penchant towards just intonation and silence fairly called mean temperment.