Currently for sale are The Jellyfish Dulcimer, The Crying Seahorse Dulcimer and a reproduction of The Princess Dulcimer originally made for Joni Mitchell. If interested contact me through the website.
THE JELLYFISH DULCIMER was completed on June 13th , 2016. The back, sides, peghead and tailpiece are made from a slab of 40 year old Indian Rosewood and 45 year old European spruce that was cut from a cello blank. (I've had both slabs of wood in my possession since 1971.) The inlay in the peghead is made of mother of pearl and green abalone shell. The upper bout soundholes are green abalone. The lower bout holes are mother of pearl, yellow mother of pearl, and red and green abalone shell. The fingerboard is sedua with a 1/4" ebony overlay with 2 green abalone fret markers. The fret scale is 27.5 inches. The designs are all original creations by myself based on the jellyfish exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2015. I made 2 of these dulcimers, one already sold to one of my music students who designed the instrument with me based on her love of the ocean.
$5000/no longer for sale
with a custom hardshell case
plus shipping if required
The Crying Seahorse Dulcimer is an original Joellen Lapidus mountain dulcimer made in 1978. It is made of paduak wood which is a tropical hardwood that is very musical, much like well seasoned mahogany, but with a deep rich orange rust color and rich musical tone. The top is American spruce. It was my personal dulcimer for many years. It is 2 and 3/16" deep with a 28" fret scale. It has gold schaller pegs and has recently been refinished and refretted by myself.
Slide 2: The peghead has an Indian rosewood silhouette of a crying seahorse. The tears and eye are white and yellow mother of pearl, and red and green abalone.
Slides 3 & 4: The upper and lower sound holes are paduak wood that is inlaid into the soundboard. The upper sound holes are tears. Mother of pearl and abalone shell butterflies and hummingbirds are drinking the tears. There is a spray of shell stars across the left upper bout sound hole.
The fingerboard is Brazilian Rosewood and it has both the 6+ and the 13+ fret
Slides 5 & 6: The dulcimer comes with a solid wood custom made case with a rich green velour interior and an accessories pocket. It has strap pins and a black fabric strap.
PRICE: $4000 plus shipping
THE PRINCESS DULCIMER: This is a reproduction of The Princess Dulcimer made for Joni Mitchell by Joellen Lapidus in the early 1970's. You can see Joni playing this dulcimer on Youtube in several of the BBC videos of her European tour.
I've collaborated with Patrick Czeiszperger, a well established guitar and ukelele maker in Dayton, Ohio to make these reproductions.
The back, and sides are koa wood with a sitka spruce top. The peghead and tailpiece are cocobolo with a rosewood fretboard with a 27.5" fret scale.
$2,800 plus shipping which is approximately $45.