Arwen, Dior, and their box
Dior (# 28) was built to replace Dulcimer #17, Merian, another dulcimer of similar size that was stupidly given away. Many advanced features: four sympathetic strings, so it's a "dolcemelo d'amore". The fretboard, rounded to facilitate bar-chords, is free of the soundboard, to which sound is transmitted straight from the strings via the banjo-style bridge, all of which increases volume. The soundholes are on the sides where they don't compromise soundboard resonance.
The paneling-and-pine case has a generic landscape painted by Patricia Windrow .
Scroll down for closeups of Arwen's peghead and Dior's side-soundhole showing the internal sympathetic strings.
|Arwen's peghead. The washer-like things between first and second fret (the leftmost fret is actually the Nut!) are inlaid nuts for bolting on a capo, a very impractical and quickly abandoned solution to capoing a dulcimer.|
|Dior's soundhole with two sympathetic strings visible inside, with their own bridge to the soundboard.|