The Lost Valley Dulcimer design started in 1976 when Curt Sanders and Linda Foley began their long journey. During this time they would fine tune and adjust the design to get the Best Tone and Stability of tune that has become a Hallmark of the Lost Valley Dulcimer.
After 32 years Curt and Linda decided to retire and after apprenticing under Curt for two years, Jer Cyr took over the building duties in 2006 to help keep this great design going.
Is constructed with the finest materials available.
Tone and Stability are the main priorities.
String length and gauge have been carefully calculated to place an even tension of approximately 35 pounds on each string.
This creates a high tension instrument that is easy to tune, stays in tune well, and has an even tonal balance across its brilliant treble, clear midrange and full bass notes.
The sound box is constructed as a unit seperate from the sound board and supports all the string tension.
Because the sound board is not attached to the sound box, the instrument can react to temperature and humidity changes without bridge movement.
This helps to keep the dulcimer in tune and allows the sound board to vibrate independently of the rest of the instrument.
Six internal braces in the sound box and a "free-floating" sound board are used to insure stability
Also contributing to the strength of the dulcimer, the sound box is arched in a direction opposite the tension of the strings.
The Sound Board is Arched for Increased Volume.
Pin blocks are made of Laminated Hard Maple, build to piano specifications.
Sound boards are Quartersawn Alaskan Sitka Spruce. (spruce gives a bright and dynamic tone)
Choice of hardwoods for the outside rails are Walnut and Cherry.
All glue joints are bonded with marine grade West System Epoxy. (Specifically designed to bond with wood fibers where maximun strength is necessary.)
Every dulcimer is sealed with Polyurithane Satin Finish over natural wood colors.
This combination of gluing and finishing gives you an instrument that your family will enjoy for generations.
For Ease of Tuning, tuning pins are used on both ends of the strings.
Every dulcimer has a laminated hardwood handle.
The sound holes are carved into each sound board by hand. (no "lazar cut" inserts are used)
Every instrument is hand made and treated as an individual.
Because your dulcimer should not only have stability and fullmness of tone, but also be pleasing to the eye.
Your Satisfaction Is Guaranteed.
Included with every instrument are hammers tuning wrench and scale chart,