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.
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
From: Randy Adams [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 8:22 PM
Subject: Aug. 1973 #73023
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
has many songs played on your dulcimer.
Thank you so much for making my dulcimer in 1973!