Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer made by Wade Martin

Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer made by Wade Martin

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Description (Brief)

This single-bouted, plucked dulcimer was made by Wade Martin. Made of rare sumac wood, the instrument has four pegs mounted on the outer side of the instrument, two stylized sound holes in the top, and is cross-fretted for variety of playing.

Wade’s father, Marcus, was one of the Smokey Mountains’ best know fiddlers and a traditional fiddle maker. Wade was a professional baseball player, who apprenticed with his father and also became a noted instrument maker. Collector Anne Grimes considered their instruments among the best. This was collector her first dulcimer and her performance instrument for many years.

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Object Name
Martin, Wade
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 16 cm x 81 cm; 3 1/8 in x 6 5/16 in x 31 7/8 in
overall: 2 5/8 in x 6 in x 31 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 15.24 cm x 80.01 cm
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National Museum of American History
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