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Anonymous Hourglass

Solid walnut two-piece (but not bookmatched) back, walnut sides.  Sassafras or poplar (?) top with four elegant hearts, tails pointing to tailpiece.  Top and back overlap sides in traditional manner.  Nicely made, elegant walnut scroll and pegbox.  Walnut single piece fingerboard.  Mechanical friction, rather than violin-style, tuning pegs suggest late 70s or early 80s.  New 6½ fret.  Overall length 35¼”, upper bout 6½”, lower bout 7½”, VSL 28″ (medium/long scale).

Broad, quite solid instrument, well-constructed (except for a barely noticeable bending flaw on one side) and good-looking.  Light tone, but accurate and not unresponsive.  A nice instrument with a decent, rather sweet, dulcimer sound.

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