2.47 – Early 70s – Capritaurus – 4 String Hourglass – £Sold
This instrument was manufactured by an early incarnation of the famous Folk Roots (Rugg and Jackel) dulcimer works, sometime between 1969 and 1973. It is a classic dark mahogany colour, with fully kerfed sides and back made from instrument-grade laminate, single piece continuous (hollow) mahogany fingerboard and simple flat headstock. Mahogany tailpiece with 4 simple pins as string anchors. Curious and rather charming mushroom-shaped soundholes. Decent quality open guitar-type tuners make it easy to tune. The wooden bridge and nut were originally slotted to bring all 4 strings close together, but this has been adjusted to provide a more modern feel. The action is low and easy without buzzes. Nickel frets, originally without a 6+ fret, now provided. Overall length 35½”, lower bout 7⅝”, upper bout 5½”, body depth 2½”, FBW 1⅜”, VSL 29⅛” (long scale), weight 2lb 4oz (1025g).
This is a simple design, but actually a very playable dulcimer with a nice balanced sound. Suitable for fingerstyle or chord playing. The scale length may not be ideal for some players with limited hand movement or very small hands, but it should be fine for most beginner and intermediate players.