Dulcimer, or chromatic dulcimer
In the video below, you will find my demo (last model) and the flyhippy video (first model):
When making this instrument, I intended to give the guitar-players the ability to play the dulcimer without having to change fingering (the dulcimer is played like a keyboard instrument). You can make lots of chords but the main principle is quite simple: you got 6 notes and only 2 musical notes. For example: CGCGC (the last string is doubled for the melodies, the others are drones). It’s all made of solid wood which is selected: the soundboard is made of spruce, the back is made of walnut wood, the tuning machines are guitar ones, the fingerboard is made of stained maple, there are 23 frets with a fingerboard inlay that is similar to the one you put on a guitar, the nut and the bridge are made of ebony. There is a strap button. There are folk guitar strings: it’s available in EA, AD, DG (please make your choise when placing an order). It is matt varnished.
Ci-dessous, les modèles d’épinettes de l’atelier, qui évoluent au fur et à mesure des années…