Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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An Interesting Dulcimer

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I find Google’s patent search to be a good resource for inspiration and research.

While searching for things dulcimer I came across this very interesting patent.

Aside from the foot pedal mechanism what interests me most about this design is the dulcimer itself. The wide hourglass shape, the modified scroll and the use of f-holes are features I have considered to be relatively recent developments in the design of dulcimers. This patent was filed in 1933!

On another note, European dulcimer player John Molineaux made a dulcimer with pedals for fretting extra bass strings similar to this design in the 1970’s.

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2 Comments

  1. Interesting! Thanks, Richard.

  2. Richard Latker

    Hi Doug:

    Here are some photos of a table dulcimer, with pedals, built by a fellow named Seigrest:

    http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/jj191/billhoward1/BILLS%20SEIGRIST%20DULCIMER-TABLE/

    Not sure of the age, but it could be as early as the 1890s. There was a two-page article about the instrument in Dulcimer Player’s News in 1996:

    http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj191/billhoward1/BILLS%20SIEGRIST%20PATENT%20-%20DPN/scan002001.jpg

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