After looking at this dulcimer and pulling my head out of you know where, I have decided that it cant be spruce, It is way to dark and The grain looks more like cedar. Shirley said that most of the dulcimers in 1988 were spruce, but I would have to talk to John to be sure. Reguardless it sounds very loud and I think it is gonna clean up nicely. One of the local luthiers near me gave me a quote of $25.00 to add the 6 1/2 & 13 1/2 frets, but he is about 2 weeks behind right now.
I dont do waiting very well
I think I will keep looking for someone who can get to it a bit quicker. I would attempt this myself, but I dont have a saw with a thin enough kerf or any way to set the fret without beating it in. Tony