Tin Ear wrote:Richard,
When you can ... pictures ... Please.
billhoward1 wrote:The bridge and nut are metal (brass or something similar). They have no notches cut in them, so I guess the string tension, and the alignment of the pins are all that hold them in place. In effect, the metal nut serves as a zero fret. I see no evidence of anything else having been there, and then removed.
billhoward1 wrote:It does appear, from the finish, that something has at one time been resting on the fretboard near the metal nut. There appears to be a small screw hole in the middle of the fretboard, as though something may have been attached.
On the right side of the fretboard, where it butts up against the nut, there is a very small piece glued in, as though it is to fill a gap. Whether the corner of the fretboard was broken off, or whether something else fit in that "notch" in the fretboard, I can only wonder. It measures 3/16 x 1/2, and is only as deep as the fretboard itself...very thin. It appears in the photo as a lighter colored wood, and is not really very visible when viewing from the side of the fretboard. Anybody have an idea as to what that "notch" might have been used for, if it was cut there for a reason at one time??
In looking into the inside of the instrument, I was not able to determine much. It is open, all the way to the bottom. I am not able to tell whether the top of the box was at one time solid, and had a slot cut in it, which was then covered by the raised fretboard. At any rate, the airspace is open, from the top of the fretboard to the bottom of the dulcimer.
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