I really enjoyed building my dulcimer! I chose the hourglass kit and am really pleased with the quality of the kit. I had never used a router before, but with the bit kit that I purchased with the kit, I had no problem at all- really good instructions on that part.
By following the centerline method on all parts, I was able to assemble everything with good alignment. I found it easier to rough cut the bottom and top before the glue up and then just rout it to shape. I was even able to get the rosettes aligned and install the banding front and back. That part was little scary, but the router did the cut perfectly and it turned out great!! Used a wipe on satin finish and paste waxed it.
Have had great comments from my friends and one of them is ordering the kit for her husband for Christmas!
To the folks at Musicmakers,
Attached you will see the picture of the Mountain Dulcimer Kit which I purchased. I want you to know how much fun I had doing the work on this since this was the very first musical instrament that I have every tried to build. When I did have a problem or question, when I called I received the best help to get me through the problem. I am now looking forward to learning how to play this dulcimer and I know that it will be a joy.
Gordon D. Reed
"Satisfied with your purchase"? Couldn't be more satisfied! I've not yet completed the mountain dulcimer kit but am well underway -- at my age, 75, I don't rush through things anymore. I've encountered no problems, the instructions are very clear and I'm having fun. What more could anyone ask? "Satisfied with your purchase"? I must say YES.
The materials and directions were good, except for one shortcoming. The notch in the peg head for the nut had not been cut at the factory. You need to make sure either it is cut, or change your directions so that the recipient knows to cut that notch (as I had to do). Very happy with finished product. Used the Deft lacquer and paste wax as recommended by you. Will be back for more kits in the future.
Thank you for the review. Sorry about the missing notch in the peghead. We had a batch of pegheads that were missing that notch. We've fixed that issue. We will always swap out parts at no charge if we made a mistake but it sounds like you had the resources to take care of this. Thanks for that.