Doty Dulcimers?

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Doty Dulcimers?

Postby Zira » Mon May 05, 2008 8:14 pm

Just wondering if anyone has any input or opinions on these. The pictures on their web site look really nice but I can find very little information otherwise. If you don't want to post your comment feel free to pm me. Thanks!
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Postby billhoward1 » Mon May 05, 2008 11:13 pm

I've owned two, a 4-string and a 6-string. Both were well made and sounded
real good. Have you seen his website? www.dandotydulcimers.com

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Postby mountain_man » Mon May 05, 2008 11:20 pm

Ya must be lookin' at the one on eBay:

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Postby Viki » Tue May 06, 2008 6:08 am

I never heard of it before until I saw it on ebay. I bid on it as I am trying to find a good buy for a classroom dulcimer. I don't imagine it will end up in my price range. But, can't blame a girl for trying.

I think it's funny when they start out at $20.00.
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Postby Zira » Tue May 06, 2008 7:14 am

Not that one, MM. There is a more conventional looking one not too far from me, trying to go see it this week. The pictures of it & the web site look pretty okay, but I wondered what they were really like.
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Postby mountain_man » Tue May 06, 2008 12:56 pm

They do like nice though, I just don't like the "guitar" style head.
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Postby GrrrGallier » Thu May 08, 2008 9:21 am

The first dulcimer I ever saw...over 30 years ago...was a Doty instrument at Silver Dollar City theme park. The Doty's had a booth there. Jeff Doty was playing....a good player who made the rounds for a while. The instruments sounded good enough to entice me to take up the dulcimer. I couldn't afford one so I made one for myself out of 1/4" exterior plywood. Yep...we all start somewhere. I believe Doty instruments have a good reputation and 30+ years still in the business would validate that.
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Postby Aaron ORourke » Thu May 08, 2008 10:12 am

GrrrGallier wrote:The first dulcimer I ever saw...over 30 years ago...was a Doty instrument at Silver Dollar City theme park. The Doty's had a booth there. Jeff Doty was playing....a good player who made the rounds for a while. The instruments sounded good enough to entice me to take up the dulcimer. I couldn't afford one so I made one for myself out of 1/4" exterior plywood. Yep...we all start somewhere. I believe Doty instruments have a good reputation and 30+ years still in the business would validate that.


After playing my Gallier dulcimer it's hard to imagine you at a starting point. It's inspiring to know that you started with an instrument made of 1/4" exterior plywood and now your building some of the loudest, balanced, and full sounding dulcimers on the market.
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Postby GrrrGallier » Thu May 08, 2008 11:37 am

Thanks Aaron...yeah, yours is a monster. Still having problems drowning out the mando player ? :) He's good, he'll adapt. Meanwhile...easy there tiger.
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Re: Doty Dulcimers?

Postby buffalo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:20 pm

I'm a little late for this thread, but, while it's on my mind, I'd be cautious about buying a Doty dulcimer. I bought a used one last year, without checking it out as completely as I should have, and I've found it has a bad pitch problem that no one here has been able to solve, no matter how much filing and sanding we've done. It's an utterly gorgeous dulcimer- that's why I bought it in too much of a hurry, but now I've got a dulcimer that I can't play and can't sell.
As always, buyer beware.
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Re: Doty Dulcimers?

Postby dulcimerduo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:16 pm

They still sell Doty dulcimers at Dollywood, used to be Silver Dollar City.


For my opinion, pm me.
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Re: Doty Dulcimers?

Postby Zira » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:15 pm

I am surprised this came up after so long. I actually did buy that instrument. It had some minor cosmetic problems & a broken tuner on one of the 2 melody strings, and the bridge needed work, so I got it cheaply. It sounded good enough although it was a little heavier than I expected. I ended up donating it & hopefully it now has a better home. I don't plan to buy a new one from him, there are enough other really good luthiers around. I
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