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1.48 – 1991 (?)  Heatherwood 4 String, 3 Course Hourglass – £Sold

Dulcimer very much in the mould of the Cripple Creek, built by two ex-employees of that company, James Crier and Esther Cockerill.  Printed label: “Heatherwood/ Craft/ Handcrafted Musical Instruments/ 3043 N. Hancock/ Colorado Springs, CO 80907 [Tel, No.]/ #91340 [h/w]”.

Big, solid walnut body (bookmatched back) with western red cedar (?) top; bluebird and vines soundhole design; and single piece walnut fingerboard with 6+ and 13+ frets.  Composite nut and bridge.  Long sloping scroll and closed pegbox, fitted with decent open-geared tuners (plastic MoP buttons).  Four brass mushroom-headed pins for string anchors.  Strutted inside top and back.

Overall length 35½”, upper bout 6⅞”, lower bout 8⅛”, depth 2⅛”, FBW 1⅝”, VSL 27¾” (medium scale), weight 2lb 5oz (1038g).  6+ and 13+ frets.  Strings now 0.011, 0.015, 0.023w.

Tight sound for a big body, some subtlety and plenty of volume.  Despite the obvious similarities, a slightly better sound than the Cedar Creeks/Red Kites.  Low action – could be made even easier with lighter strings if required.


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