The dulcimer has been wonderful to play, with the main point being the 25 inch VSL, which makes it much easier to play the DAA chords. My previous DAA dulcimer had a 28.5 inch VSL, which became more difficult to play as I aged.
In addition, the teardrop body shape, with a Walnut body and Butternut soundboard, has a lovely sound which was enjoyed playing Christmas Carols during the holidays at Assisted Living and Nursing Homes.
It was a pleasure to receive this dulcimer, especially since I had it made for me by Folkcraft Instruments and it has allowed me to play everything I enjoy, including the Hymns and Folk Songs we will start playing again. Having the 1.5 fret installed allows me to make some chords, such as C, F and 7th chords, that occur in some songs. This is not common in DAA dulcimers, but I recommend it.
This has been an excellent experience and I highly recommend Folkcraft Instruments for dulcimers, including DAA dulcimers.
I don't do many reviews for anything, but I feel this one is worth my time.
This dulcimer is my second dulcimer. I wanted a dulcimer that's worth my money and time to learn to play. (BTW I'm an old man that wants something to carry with him for the rest of his life. I have no musical background other than loving music) so, in all my years of life, I've learned one thing, you get what you pay for.
A good quality instrument, or anything for that matter will carry you further and with less frustration. So in short, that's why I bought this one and I have no regrets. Hopefully one day, I learn how to play proficiently, and I'll be happy to buy another instrument from folkcraft Instruments.
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.