My husband, Bob, built a very nice cherry and sassafras mountain dulcimer a few years ago in John Huron's class and it is very nice with a beautiful tone. The cherry has continued to darken and looks beautiful with the contrasting sassafrass. It always had lovely tone, but the tone has continued to deepen over the years and it is one of my favorite porch swing dulcimers. My only disappointment is that for the first five years or so--my dulcimer smelled like root beer--but now it is just pretty.
Mary Z. Cox