Could not be happier with my Beautiful Sounding as well as looking Mountain Dulcimer. The company stays in touch with you along the process and are super courteous and polite. There are also many helpful learning sources available to you from them. I named my new dulcimer Georgie Boy.
About a month ago, I ordered and received a chromatic, walnut body, maple top dulcimer. I already have a Folkcraft walnut body, butternut top with a diatonic fret pattern that I love. The chromatic dulcimer arrived well packed and in perfect condition within a week after I ordered it.
This is an absolutely beautiful instrument, with a beautiful mellow sound. I bought a chromatic dulcimer for several reasons. One reason was the versatility that the chromatic scale allows. The second was the hope that I would learn more music theory using it. This lovely dulcimer is certainly fulfilling both.
Wonderful craftsmanship and a lovely sound.
I waited anxiously for my first ever custom made instrument and am very pleased with the dulcimer. I play many different instruments- pretty much anything you can blow into, bang on or strum. I played an older commercially manufactured dulcimer for a few years and love the simplicity of the instrument so I made the commitment to a custom instrument. I love, love, love my MaxDAD H-Series dulcimer with Galax back. Just looking at and SMELLING it makes me smile. When I play, it's almost like it plays itself, it sounds so magically beautiful. The action is perfect, the tone is sweet and the volume is pleasing. Thank you to Jim (luthier for my beauty), Richard and the entire Folkcraft team.
Not long ago in Folkcraft News Letter, Richard introduced a “MaxDAD - Standard/Bass Hybrid Dulcimer” with five strings and over four octaves of sound range. It’s very impressive to me, and I thought that would be an ideal dulcimer for me. After having consulted with him, based on his valuable suggestions and kind assistance, I ordered an variant version of the dulcimer, which I call it “Max CGC - Standard/Bass Hybrid Dulcimer”with chromatic fret pattern. While the dulcimer is in the process of building, I ordered this ready-to-ship “Max DAD - Standard/Bass Hybrid Dulcimer” with diatonic fret pattern. It’s beautiful, lovely, and well-made with walnut body, cherry top, and unusual harp sound holes. Its sounds are mellow, rich, and sweet that’s exactly what I prefer. I tune it to the old fashion CGCGC to suit my playing. Most of current music books for dulcimer are for popular DAD tuning. However, to me with CGC tuning to play a melody, the string and fret position are exactly the same as DAD tuning when converting from D major to C major for example. Hopefully, I’d be able to play somethings I like sometimes.