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Capritaurus Hourglass

Produced by an early incarnation of Folk Roots (Rugg and Jackel), this large-bodied instrument in the Californian style is made of a golden mahogany-like three ply laminate with no kerfing inside the body.  Hollow fingerboard – possibly oak – and big scroll headstock.  Boxwood (?) nut and bridge.  Originally ebony (or ebonised) standard violin pegs, now replaced by guitar-type tuners.  Four simple brass pins for string anchors.  Heart shaped soundholes facing towards the tail.  Brass frets.  Overall length 37½”, lower bout 7¾”, upper bout 5½”, body depth 2½”, FBW 1⅜”, VSL 29¼” (long scale), weight 2lb 12oz (1247g).  New 6½ fret.

This makes a statement with its big sound and large body.  For those players who like plenty of responsiveness and volume, but fewer tonal shades.  A classic dulcimer model with a distinctive and popular sound – all my previous D50-style dulcimers have sold very quickly.

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