Post by Dick Glasgow on Jul 28, 2007 2:51:24 GMT 1
Here's a fascinating thread, with excellent photos of Scheitholts & early Mountain Dulcimers, which was posted over at the Everything Dulcimer website by Razyn (Dick).
This thread is intended to support the generally accepted theory of the origin of the mountain dulcimer, with a concrete series of examples from a relatively compact region in northern Middle Tennessee and southern Central Kentucky, perhaps eighty miles on the N-S axis and thirty miles E-W.
The first instrument is in the zitter form, virtually identical (except in headstock carving) with one made near Subtle, KY by James Carroll Garrett (b. 1828) and illustrated by L. Allen Smith, "Catalogue" number A33. It is the one I was discussing on the thread about "Old Hymns (Scheitholt Repertoire)" in connection with its unusual (but not unique) pattern of frets, beginning with Fa rather than Sol at the nut position. (The nut is missing; its former position is more evident on A33 in Smith's book.) This eight stringed instrument was found in Celina, Tennessee.