custom dulcimer is from Blue Lion (www.BlueLionInstruments.com) and is a heavily modified Force/d'Ossche' model. The top, back and sides are
of Flame (Fiddleback) Maple that has been dyed blue. The back of the
headstock is of the same material and color. The face of the headstock and
the fretboard overlay are of extra-dark rosewood. The insides of the
headstock and tailpiece are curved to enhance the sonic resonation
qualities. The dulcimer is also 1/8 " thinner (top to back) to allow me to
reach that long A and long C easier.
The headstock features
my custom dragon logo and a descending ray of light that is reminiscent of a
similar feature on one of Albert d'Ossche's own instruments. The back of the headstock has the laser-engraved Blue Lion logo. The head
stock shape is a personal design that I adapted from the shape of Line 6 Variax
headstocks. The tuners are speed tuners that require no winding around the
post, just set the length, tighten the knob in the back and the excess string is
snipped off immediately -- makes for superfast string changing. The
fretboard features a Tree of Life inlay from the third fret to the tenth
fret. The inlay material is a blue-shaded mother-of-pearl that matches the
Since I play standing up, I opted for the
fret dots to be placed on the side of the fretboard, like a guitar
The soundholes are a personal creation based upon the F-hole heart,
invented by Robert Force, used in the common Force/d'Ossche model.
I had an L.R. Baggs pickup installed, also.
the instrument is a placard that has my personal life statement:
not to master
all of the tides of the world.
But to do what is in us
for the succor of
wherein we are set.
Uprooting the evil in the
that we know,
So that those who come after
have clean earth to
-Return of the King
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