J.C. Rockwell Dulcimer Company
| FAQ | On Buying a Dulcimer
PO Box 79
Guysville, OH 45735-0079
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Several years ago I built sets of woodshop fixtures-- molds and gluing jigs-- with an eye toward offering building and playing classes for budding woodworker-musicians (see sidebar).
In the course of working out the cutting, gluing, fitting, clamping, finishing and fine-tuning, I made a Yam or two for myself. I find myself picking up one of them almost every day in the shop, and enjoying the extra notes my very large hands can reach.
I didn't intend to add another model to the line, but a couple of longtime dulcimer teachers thought that the Yam would be a good choice for their just-past-beginner students who were looking for a professionally set up, handmade instrument with a smooth action.
The photos here have a very simple slotted headstock. After many years of building this simplest of headstocks -- with the thought that it is quicker and easier to build than my standard flat headstocks -- I have decided that the flat headstock has many advantages and all the YAM models ended up having a flat headstock.
String length, Nut to Bridge: 24"
Woods: There are many combinations of woods available, but I usually favor walnut and cherry in general.
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YAM is named for SPiCYAM, a
great community organization in our neighboring county (Southern
Perry County Youth Arts Media in