The ideal way for you to find just the right McSpadden dulcimer would be to come to our shop in Mountain View, AR and visit with us. We try to keep dulcimers on hand representing almost all of the options of body styles and wood selections.
The second best way would be to visit one of our dealers and try the dulcimers that they have. Some of our smaller dealers may only have one or two dulcimers but most will have several for you to try.
Another idea is to visit a local club and discuss with the members the characteristics of their instruments. Many of them will be glad to show you their dulcimers and allow you to try them.
If you can’t do any of the above, we are glad to accept your order for a dulcimer direct from our shop. We are so confident in our dulcimers that should you order one and not be pleased with it when it arrives, you may return it (within 2 weeks of receipt) for your choice of an exchange for a different dulcimer or a complete refund. You will pay only the shipping unless we have customized or modified the dulcimer to your order. In that case there may be some charge based on the extent of the modifications and how saleable that dulcimer might be.
What are the differences between models and wood types and how should you select one? We can offer some general information and guidance. What we cannot do is tell you that one is “the best”. Different players need and want different things from their dulcimer. Also, which one sounds best is in the ear of the listener. In addition, your dulcimer needs to please you on all levels including appearance and feel. We have provided sound tracks comparing typical dulcimers of each body type and of similar bodies with each of the wood combinations. We have also provided a photo of a typical dulcimer of each type in the standard line.
Following are some additional thoughts on the various options.