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2 x Folkcraft Teardrops

#1636 (Oct 1993): Folkcraft Teardrop 4 String, Model T-W No. 1636 made 10-13-93 by Folkcraft Instruments, Winsted, ConnecticutA smaller teardrop dulcimer with one piece solid walnut back and walnut sides.  Walnut fingerboard (with no overlay) made from a long, single piece of wood, one end of which forms the shallow headstock.  Fitted with decent open-geared tuners.  Walnut top with f or s-shaped soundholes.

Overall length 36”, lower bout 6¾”, VSL 28¾” (medium/long scale).  Complete with 6½ fret.    A well-made instrument with an easy action and a bright, even sound.

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#No number (1990s?):  Folkcraft dulcimer made from a kit, probably in the 1990s.  Very similar to the above with single piece fingerboard and integral headstock, but it’s a different shape and made from  solid cherry.

No label inside suggests a Folkcraft kit, since the design and parts are typical of entry model Folkcraft teardrop. All solid cherry with Scott Antes pattern rounded tail, single piece head and fingerboard, simple scroll. Bookmatched solid cherry top with f-holes AND small hearts; single piece back. Basic but functional open guitar-style tuners; typical Folkcraft plastic nut and bridge; 6+ fret. Copper-coloured string anchors on end of fingerboard; short strum hollow.

Overall length 35⅝”, lower bout 6¾”, depth 1⅞“, FBW 1⅜“, VSL 26⅝” (medium scale), weight 2lb 2oz (957g). Complete with 6½ fret. Currently fitted 11, 15, 26w strings.

Pleasant tone but not too loud, perhaps because of thick back and top.

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