Actually, my beach dulcimer is from Ebay. From a luthier by the name of Bergman. It is a nice little dulcimer, he did a good job on it. The Laser Elegance hammers are really nice, too. Also got the Russell Cook music stand that clips to your dulcimer.......really nice, can't tip over easily (i play standing, so music stands can get pretty tippy) Little thread drift, but one of my better buys lately has been a battery operated gooseneck LED lamp, to illuminate my soundboard. Used to have a halogen gooseneck, but heavy, and never knew about finding electric. That and the tall directors chair so i can sit when playing waltzes, have been my scores this year.
The Dusty Strings Apprentice is from eBay Australia; the spare strings, hammers, tuning wrench, stand kit, beginner's book and DVD plus a couple of dozen CDs from various artists - oh yes, and the HD frog (same pond as Ptarmigan's avatar), a wall chart and a beaut t-shirt are all eBay buys, mostly new stuff. There's a music bag coming from the UK from embroiderers who have an eBay shop - there'll only be one Dulcimer Diva music bag in Aus, that's for sure. eBay has been such a fertile field for buying all kinds of things we would not have found otherwise and usually at better prices than competing items in shops. Elaine
I've had really good luck on Ebay. I've bought and sold lots of things. Music related, I sold a harp, and bought a double strung harp. Sold an 11/12 Masterworks and bought a Ukrainian tsymbal, at a super cheap price. (Probably because other people in the U.S. were smarter than I. They probably knew that the beautifully painted Ukrainian "hammered dulcimer" was a totally different tuning than what we are accustomed to!). But I have managed to learn a few simple Russian tunes on it. Just takes a lot of concentration to know where those notes (strings) are located!