Folkcraft Player - Jessie Oldham
My first dulcimer was purchased from CapriTaurus in California. A bottom of the line, entry level, FolkRoots California large body. I'd heard Joni Mitchell's dulcimer on Blue and was intrigued. My mom pointed out that the dulcimer is mentioned in the book Christy, one we both enjoyed. I went to our local music shop in upstate NJ and the owner couldn't believe my request. That week he'd
received a catalog from CapriTaurus. He'd never heard of a dulcimer. It was 1973. I cashed in my bond gifted when I was born, took my meager savings, and placed the order. Then I had a blow up with my dad, who didn't support the purchase, but the dust settled when it arrived. My dad heard me playing and knew it was a match.
My plan within a year was to save to get a custom CapriTaurus dulcimer. Oh the headstock, sound hole, and wood choices! I worked as a music counselor at a camp for autistic kids two summers later planning to use all the money to get one. By the end of summer, however, I only had enough money saved to buy a hard shell case. That purchase was a good one. My dulcimer traveled from NJ to California to Florida, back to NJ, PA, and back to NJ over the course of all these years. Unfortunately it became unplayable this year and isn't worth the money to affect repairs. It took until about ten years ago to finally treat myself to a better California walnut body dulcimer from Folkcraft. It was and is amazing. The overtones carry on seemingly forever. I've had to adjust to one extra fret, but I'm glad I decided to make the change.
Now I watch the videos and see where I was totally left in the dust probably right from the beginning when I see your techniques. It's inspiring and a bit jealousy-invoking.
Thank you for keeping FolkRoots alive. I found a chunk of my musical self that was missing when I found the dulcimer.