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Postby CD » Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:10 pm

Does anyone know anything about Keith Young Dulcimers and their quality?

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Postby jakstall » Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:21 pm

I've only seen a couple of Keith's dulcimers, but they were of excellent quality. They typically have friction pegs, but he also usually includes fine tuners which are well designed. He does make them with gearerd tuners. I've also heard good things from other folks about his dulcimers.

Keith is also a fine musician. I have several recordings of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band of which he is a member.

Here is a link to his web site:
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Postby Davef » Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:44 pm

I got a friend who has a Keith Young, I think he has one of everybodys he must have 25, and it has a nice sweet sound to it. I wouldn't think you would go wrong with one of his.
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Postby Randy Adams » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:43 pm

I have a Keith Young dulcimer made in Aug of 1973 and it is my ''all-round'' player in DAD tuning and was the first good dulcimer I had. I bought it in a pawn shop in 1992 and I am so thankful for it. It has ''shaped'' my playing style and I can't say enough good things about it.

I love the tone - big bass, good sustain - workmanship is flawless and is walnut 2 piece back spruce top. It had friction pegs and I put banjo planetary tuners on it. Kinda wish I hadn't - except when I'm tuning it. : )

Here is a reply to an e-mail I sent Mr. Young.

Dear Randy,

That is the 23rd dulcimer I made. I have now made 1355 and still making them. I wandered through your web page and listened to the music. You do right well on that old dulcimer. Glad you like it. And thanks for letting me know.

Keith K. Young
Mill Run Dulcimer Band, Luthier, Teacher
3815 Kendale Road Annandale, VA 22003
703-941-1071
http://AppalachianDulcimers.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy Adams [mailto:adams0424@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 8:22 PM
To: keith@appalachiandulcimers.com
Subject: Aug. 1973 #73023

Dear Sir

These dates and numbers (Aug. 1973 #73023) are on my dulcimer made by you. I bought it in a pawn shop in Lincoln NE. for $90 in 1992. It has been my main dulcimer since and I just love it. It is still beautiful and sounds better than ever!

My music page at

http://ezfolk.com/audio/bands/558/

has many songs played on your dulcimer.
Thank you so much for making my dulcimer in 1973!

Sincerely
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Postby Crow » Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:52 pm

I've played Randy's Kieth Young Dulcimer. It's a great instrument. The VSL is a little long for me, 29" I think, but I really liked it! I emailed him once and this is the only VSL he makes or I'd have one! I think if you played across the strings like Randy, in stead of up & down the fret board like me, it wouldn't be bad.
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Postby kwl » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:09 pm

While I don't have a Keith Young instrument, I have a friend who does. It's an excellent instrument. It has great action and a very pleasing sound. Keith builds a quality instrument that I think anyone would be proud to own.
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Postby CD » Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:47 pm

I was just wondering if I got a good deal. $258 including shipping and handling for an hourglass, black walnut sides and back and wormy chestnut top. Friction peg tuners. Bought from original owner who placed a custom order for it in 1984. Have not seen it but they say it has no blemishes.
Thank you for all your input.
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Postby modulcimer » Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:50 pm

Pictures we want pictures :lol: :lol:
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Postby kwl » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:02 pm

Sounds like a good deal to me.
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Postby RHRandle » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:31 am

I have 4 of Keith's dulcimers, dating from 1977 to 1990-something; he's one of my favorite builders - excellent quality, beautiful tones. I have a curly maple teardrop with a tree frog scroll head, my first "real" dulcimer; it has a loud, sweet, mellow tone; I eventually added a 1+ fret, and later on I had him add a pickup, and make it fully chromatic. I also have a chromatic curly maple concert model wtih a pickup, and a gorgeous spalted poplar hourglass with a 1+ fret (my most-often-played dulcimer), and a wormy chestnut backpacker model.

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Postby War Eagle » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:24 pm

Actually, Chestnut makes an excellent soundboard for dulcimers. I have two - one by Mike Clemmer and one by Jim Good. They both have a very sweet sound with excellent sustain. They compare quite well to others I have with cherry, walnut, magnolia, and pine tops. If you go to the Pickin Porch in Townsend, most of the players there are performing on chestnut dulcimers. Michael Shull plays one when he's there.

As has been stated several times on this site, the dulcimer's sound is more dependent on the maker and the shape than the wood.

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Postby KenH » Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:17 pm

What I'd like to know is where all this Chestnut is coming from. The Blight killed off all but a handful of American Chestnut trees decades ago. Is this imported Chestnut, or what?
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