Larry Barringer was a friend to many people and he did a lot for the mountain dulcimer world. We became friends through the North Harris County Dulcimer Society in Houston, Texas. Then it was through Larry that we became friends with Robert Mize. For a couple of years I was Mr. Mize’s assistant at Boone before it moved to Cullowhee.
Larry always carved a dogwood blossom in the peg head. He modified the Mize design on the peg head so the tuners are set differently. This can be seen in the pictures.
Most of the time Larry’s dulcimers had a softer or quieter voice.
He made the dulcimers in his garage which was loaded with tools and wood. He loved the different types of wood as did Robert Mize.
I think that a Barringer dulcimer is a quality hand made instrument. Hand made meaning he basically made them one at a time. He had a table saw and a band saw. The rest were hand tools.