Marvin Rankin of the Blue Ridge Dulcimers graciously demonstrated the beautiful sounds of his handmade traditional dulcimer. Marvin works his luthier magic out of his shop in Crozet, Virginia and uses locally available wood to make instruments that match the sound, look and feel of the instruments of the region.
The Appalachian dulcimer is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. Its origins are in the Appalachian region of the United States, and its history is only recently been documented. Here is Marvin's brief demo from yesterday afternoon. Enjoy!