I am doing a detailed write-up of my Flying V Dulcimer Build under my CBN discussion Group "Home Made Resonator Boxes 101, v.2.0". The discussion is titled "My Flying "V" Dulcimer Project". You might want to check it out. I'll be adding to it as the project progresses.
I get most of the wood I use from a neighbor with a woodmizer sawmill. The trees come from around this area. I did purchase a Sapele back and side set on ebay. But most of what I use is within a 5 mile radius from my place.
It should give you a pretty good idea how to build one (except I did a flat guitar-life headstock instead of a slotted scroll headstock). You can also check out the builder groups on both www.everythingdulcimer.com and the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer Ning (http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/).
Since then I build another rectangular mountain dulcimer. When I get better at steam bending wood, I'll try an hour glass body design. When I do, you'll likely hear about it on CBN.
Hey Hal! Very cool pic's!!! Whats your prices on your boxes? I can't seem to find any good boxes on e bay. I have a few that I got a while back ,but there limited on what I can do with them. My home adress is email@example.com Rooster Later
Thanks Hal, its a bit rough but the whole build is filled with firsts. First electric, under bridge piezo, non through neck design, first time laminating timber, soldering - de solderiing. Here's a bit of noodling on the beast. Test Drive the Deco build
Thanks for the friendship, Hal. I got to thinking the other day about your comment regarding replacing electronic parts. Have you thought of getting an old VCR or radio circuit board to practice on? You could get some desoldering braid, a solder sucker, good eye protection, and try "swapping" components on it until you get the mechanics down. Just a thought. See Ya!
Hal that is a fine offer to trade boxes. Man, you sure find some pretty ones. Nothing I have comes to mind immediately. I have 6-8 boxes in the shop, a couple of white Macanudos, a black Punch, a bright yellow one, an Old Lord Clinton.... and more. In front of me in my den, I have two oldies, a smallish White Owl and a fantastic dark mahogany Squarona. I may never cut into that one.
A lady at my part time job took $20. from me last week and was going to an auction that had some cigar boxes. I go to work tomorrow and hope she had good success.
Oh, I have another amo box too. I guess for now, I am pretty well set. But thanks!