Dulci-Bro: Where can I get one?

by Steve Eulberg We have begun a Lesson series on learning to play the Dulci-Bro and the natural question arises:  where can I get one? Homer Ledford is credited by at least one observer as being the originator of a resonator dulcimer.

(Alvey, R. Gerald. Dulcimer Maker: the craft of Homer Ledford. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.)

I ordered mine (many years ago) from Don Neuhauser, who quite simply, is an amazing dulcimer builder! Don is in Charlestown, Indiana. My dulci-bro is built with a full Quarterman, spun-aluminum cone, in a body of cherry is that is aging in the rich tones that Don predicted it would.  It comes with a raised nut and heavier gauge strings so that it can be played with a slide, National Guitar or Dobro-style.  [Contact him dot3518 (at) gmail.com ] Mike Clemmer, of Wood-N-Strings Dulcimers also builds what he calls the "Clemm-Bro" and this link shows him playing it for a local television interview.  I have played Mike's and enjoy it's tone and playability.  Mike is in Townsend, Tennessee. Ben Seymour, of Kudzu Patch Dulcimers is building the "Dulci-nator."  I have not played his instruments, but have one of his Galax dulcimers and absolutely love its playability, appearance and tone.  Ben is in Tryon, North Carolina. [The other builders can be contacted via their websites.] At DulcimerCrossing.com, we have a series of lessons dedicated to playing this fine instrument in the slide style.

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12 comments

Steve Eulberg

John Keane is expecting his resonator dulcimer to arrive from Folkcraft any day now: http://www.folkcraft.com/2318562.html?se=58_25592_78403861ef8d29b9370ac0817a9b4456_1313697697
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Steve Eulberg

David Lynch makes a "dulcinator" http://sweetwoodsinstruments.com/specialties.htm
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Steve Eulberg

Bernd Krause says he makes these to order: https://www.facebook.com/bernd.krause.5680
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Steve Eulberg

Bob Magowan (Western Tennessee) has also built a nice dulci-bro instrument. Contact him via Lee Cagle in Memphis: http://www.leecagledulcimers.com/id21.html
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Steve Eulberg

At Kentucky Music Week this summer I was also able to play a couple of Rich's "resonator dulcimers" from Folkcraft: http://www.folkcraft.com/2321771.html and http://www.folkcraft.com/2321755.html
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Steve Eulberg

As I was searching for this kind of instrument, the depth and breadth of tone was my main concern. Don Neuhauser uses a full Quarterman cone (just like Dobro or National guitars) which includes an intricate web that spreads the resonance of the tone from the bridge throughout the entire cone. That tone is what I find sooooo--satisfying.
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I agree that Dulci-bro has an amazing dobro guitar sound. I'm glad you are teaching a class on it. I took your blues class a few years ago and loved it. I would love to take your Dulci-bro class someday but first I need to buy one.
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Paula G Brawdy

I have 2 Neuhauser Dulci-bros for sale....Please contact me if you are interested in discussing 6 16 24 0 0445
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Paula Brawdy

Pam give me a call on the Neuhauser dulci-bro... 6 16 24 0 0445... I do have a lovely bubinga resonator ...
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Bruce Haley

Hi Paula, do you still have your Dulci-bros? If so, what are you asking for them? Thank you.
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Paula G Brawdy

I have sold the ones I am going to sell... I have a friend who has the Folkcraft dulcibro... She has it listed on fotmd.com classifieds... or I can give you her phone number if you like... call me 616 240 0445
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Steve Eulberg

Pam...Paula Brawdy (in the comments section here) is selling (2) Neuhauser Dulci-bros and I will be teaching a week-long class at Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY June 23-28. This might be the perfect time for you!
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