cforget wrote at 2016-01-20 18:52:16
I have owned 3 Laurel Mountain dulcimers. Mary Matarainen used to work for Folkcraft when they were based in Winstead, CT. When they left to go to Indiana, Mary stayed in Connecticut and started her own business. She worked for them for about 12 years, I believe. My first instrument that she made for me was a teardrop with a scroll head and it was walnut with ebony, inlay on fretboard- just a beautiful is Instrument. I took her to a festival in Florida and everyone wanted to know who made it. The other dulcimer she made to my specs was an hourglass of Koa and Purple Heart with Entemann spruce top with ebony and inlay. When you look at my instruments, you cannot tell them apart from a Folkcraft. Their sound, ease of playing and everything combined to make these 2 dulcimer purchases relatively painless. Then she made me a mini dulcimer of walnut for my birthday, and it, too, was terrific. He r price range for me then, started about $450, but worth every penny. She is a terrific luthier and so easy to work with.
All questions pertaining to the playing of mountain dulcimer, acquisition of dulcimers, books, CDs, etc., how to play, how to learn, WHY to play, where to get a good dulcimer, what books are most helpful to beginners, etc.
Teacher/performer: French Creek (Pa.) dulcimer symposium
Teacher/performer: Sunshine State Music Camp, 2000
Teacher/Performer -- NGFDA Fall Festival, 2000
Performer - various venues for the past l0 years.
Current Florida dulcimer champion, 2000.