I was doing my String Family lesson with my 3rd graders this week which meant that it was time to get out my "good" dulcimer. I always tell the kids (and I don't think it's an exaggeration) that this is the most valuable thing I own, besides my car and my camera gear. I purchased this dulcimer in, I think, 2006...I can't really be sure exactly when. But, I do know that this was the dulcimer of my dreams. I must have bought (and sold) about 6 dulcimers before finally getting this one. It fit the bill in every way. I prefer my dulcimer to have a sweet mellow sound over the characteristic twangy sound dulcimers often have. I also have small hands which means that a dulcimer with a shorter vibrating string length is what I need. This one also has a double back which means its good and loud. It has walnut sides and back (good for a warm sound) and I can't remember what the top is, but it smells divine!
I honestly don't remember what I paid for it, but it's priceless to me. While I can always get the same car or a replacement camera, my beloved dulcimer is not replaceable. The maker of this beautiful instrument passed just about a year after making this instrument, unexpectedly at the age of 45. His instruments are very special and loved. There are about 850 Simerman dulcimers out there in the world and I am the fortunate and proud owner of #801.
Life is so busy that I have kept this amazing instrument in its case for an entire year. I'm ashamed of myself for that! I really have to resolve to play it much more often!