Michael Vickey wrote:
Hi Michael. I thought you might be interested in the Bill Howard photos of the 1969 Dorogi I just bought. I posted them to the Ann Grimes thread:
joe sanguinette wrote:"traditional mountain dulcimers" it seems to me are in the eyes of the beholder. in L.Allen Smith's " a catalog of pre-revival appalachian dulcimers" there are numerous pictures of instruments dating back to the mid 1800's. many of these have frets across the entire fretboard. there are some that look to be cromatic.
Pinetop wrote:Somewhere between hunch and educated guess: I think full frets became popular after George Pickow started making dulcimers set up that way... Mark
pristine2 wrote:That's more or less the conclusion I've come to as well, although it was not just him. Add AW Jeffreys and Edd Presnell to the list of people routinely making full-width-dulcimers instruments in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
If someone now asked me the question "when did half-width frets vanish?", my reply would be "about 1965."
kwl wrote:Sure, Richard, it was June 26, 1965. (Grinning, ducking and running for cover.)
i think my post was more along the lines not of when half width frets vanished but of when did full width frets appear and the question was what is a "traditional" dulcimer
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