Triplet Appalachian Dulcimer

Triplet Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Kyle Triplet in Galax, Virginia in 1964. It is a single-bout dulcimer, with three strings (one melody string and two drone strings), dark wood nut and bridge, 15 metal frets, 2 S-shaped sound holes, 4 wooden friction pegs, carved out pegbox, and a rounded head with center hole. Accessioned with a turkey-quill noter and a wooden pick.
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United States: Virginia, Galax
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 34 3/4 in x 6 in x 3 1/4 in; 88.265 cm x 15.24 cm x 8.255 cm
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National Museum of American History
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Kyle Triplet, the gentleman who made this dulcimer, was my great uncle. I have another dulcimer that he made at around the same time for my father. It is not a tear drop shape, it is hour glass shape.

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