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Old 08-29-2018, 01:19 PM
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Default need a 43" mountain dulcimer case

Anyone know of any places that do custom cases at reasonable prices? I have a teardrop Edsel Martin mountain dulcimer that's 43"x7". None of the cases I can find online are long enough. Cedar Creek made a case for another dulcimer for me about 15 years ago for $200, but they want $500 now. I'm hoping to find a more budget friendly option ...or a premade that will fit.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:47 AM
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How about a keyboard case?
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Old 08-30-2018, 09:36 AM
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How about a keyboard case?
I thought about it but they'd be too deep and too wide. The dulcimer would rattle around in there too much.

I might have a line on a custom Ameritage if they'll do such a thing. If they do, I can buy it through a luthier and get their discount. I'm waiting to hear back on that.
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I thought about it but they'd be too deep and too wide. The dulcimer would rattle around in there too much.

I might have a line on a custom Ameritage if they'll do such a thing. If they do, I can buy it through a luthier and get their discount. I'm waiting to hear back on that.
Why don't you PM Wade, he'a a Mountain Dulcimer guy?
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:48 AM
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Not suggesting this is ideal, but if a custom case is out for cost reasons, adding your own foam inserts to a "too large" keyboard case would seem to be an option.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:02 PM
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Try a gun case? You'll have to look around to find one that fits. Here's a nice one just to give you an idea (only 42" inside though).

https://www.cabelas.com/product/shoo...8.uts?slotId=9

And yes, you will get "looks" walking around with one.
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:29 PM
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You can get a keyboard case for a 61-key keyboard.

Something like this?

Interior dimension is 43" long. And it has straps to keep it from rolling around.

https://www.amazon.com/Gator-GK-61-S...0002CZZDI?th=1
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I've arrived at a solution. I reached out to Adam Buchwald of Circle Strings. Adam has made me a couple of guitars from him in recent years and he offered to allow me to order an Ameritage case through him so I'd get the dealer discount. At $400 it doesn't come in a lot cheaper but it keeps a hundred in my pocket and the dulcimer will have a good home in a top notch case. I sent a tracing and they're going to cut the foam so it matches the contour of the teardrop shape. The Edsel Martin is as much a piece of folk art as it is an instrument and I want to keep it safe. I'd have gone with Cedar Creek if a better option didn't come along.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:22 AM
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The Ameritage case arrived and it fits like a glove. Those folks do really nice work.
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Very nice!.
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Nice job on the case, fits like a glove!
I'm a mountain dulcimer player too. Never heard of that maker, how does it play/sound?
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Nice job on the case, fits like a glove!
I'm a mountain dulcimer player too. Never heard of that maker, how does it play/sound?
Edsel Martin dulcimers are wonderful instruments and are pieces of folk art in their own right. You can learn about Edsel and see examples of his work here.

Singer/songwriter David Massengill plays Edsel Martin dulcimers. In this video he talks about Edsel a bit before playing a song.
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Neat, thanks Jim!
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I own a couple of Edsel Martin dulcimers. The one in the new case is a tear drop and has the singing lady on the headstock. The other is an hourglass and has an owl. I also own a couple of Edsel's wood carvings. It's becoming harder to find his work for sale these days and the prices have more than doubled from when I bought these about 10 years ago.

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I own a couple of Edsel Martin dulcimers. The one in the new case is a tear drop and has the singing lady on the headstock. The other is an hourglass and has an owl. I also own a couple of Edsel's wood carvings. It's becoming harder to find his work for sale these days and the prices have more than doubled from when I bought these about 10 years ago.

So cool, now I know why investing in a $400 case isn't really so bad.
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