Hi everyone. I still have this dulcimer for sale. I'm afraid prior inquiries went into my spam folder because I had it configured to be way too strict about what went into my Inbox and other folders. Very sorry about that, and I hope to hear from interested buyers again.
Here is some more info:
The Blue Lion IIR Rosewood mountain dulcimer is Blue Lion's most luxuriously appointed dulcimer. With the custom Blue Heron softshell case, the retail total of this package (not including the accessories and books I will add in as a bonus) is $1035. The dulcimer retails for $885 (including the cost of the heart soundholes). The custom softshell case, which I have used to transport the dulcimer safely and damage-free as an airplane carryon, retails for $150. I will not sell them separately because the case is customized to fit this model of Blue Lion dulcimer.
This dulcimer has the scroll peghead, heart soundholes, the signature Blue Lion mother-of-pearl rose inlay, inlaid wood marquetry backstrip, and a satin finish. The back, sides, top, and peghead are all bookmatched. This model dulcimer has the satin lacquer finish, Honduras mahogany fingerboard with rosewood overlay, ebony nut and saddle, and planetary tuners. I recently gave it a brand new set of dulcimer strings, so it is ready to play.
This dulcimer was a gift from my grandmother. Because it had sentimental value I have held on to it for years despite the fact that I cannot and do not play it. I was taking lessons which I was enjoying very much when she gave it to me, but as it turns out I don't have the aptitude or passion this lovely instrument deserves. It has been carefully cared for and kept in its case and in my bedroom closet (which is a consistent 70something temperature and regulated humidity), not in a garage or attic or exposed to heat and air. I kept it clean and occasionally took it out and played the one song I know (Little Sparrow) and gave it a polish with a dry clean cloth before putting it away again. As you can see from the photos, it is in minty condition. I scrutinized it for flaws, dings, scratches, etc. and found none. I was always very, very careful with it because of its value.
I am finally selling it because it turns out that what I really love and have a great passion for is traditional archery, and the sale of this bow will go toward the purchase of an equally beautiful traditional recurve bow (the Martin Dream Catcher, hopefully) which would become a prized AND useful possession that I will use frequently and for many years. I think my grandmother would approve of selling it for this purpose- she was a very practical and supportive lady.
More on the dulcimer from the Blue Lion website:
"The Style II dulcimer was designed to satisfy the most demanding players and is our most popular model. It is preferred by professional musicians for its excellent tone, sustain and balance throughout the entire range of the instrument. We use the most select woods for every part of the instrument and combine them to produce an elegant dulcimer unequaled in tone, performance and appearance.
The different wood options have a slight effect on the overall tone of the instrument. If you want a very versatile tonal response, one that suits all styles of playing including fingerpicking, flatpicking and strumming, and offers a balanced response all up and down the neck, rosewood is the wood of choice."
Also, I sometimes sell on ebay and you can see my feedback there under sarah_anne_smith. I am not selling this item on ebay because the fees would be so crazy high, nearly $100. Plus I know that this site is full of real dulcimer players and not potential scammers.
P.S. I uploaded pictures to http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcanamund ... 825954385/
and will send more on request to email@example.com
, thank you!