CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in East Anglia

Portrait of one instrument

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This is the very beautiful instrument of Frank Rice, Newton Flotman, Norfolk, a dulcimer with lots of special features.

Mr. Rice was a trades and crafts Training Officer who, having an instrument which his grandfather had owned c.1910, took lessons from Billy Bennington in his retirement to brush up his forgotten skills, and played Country and Western music, hymns and Noel Coward songs, using only hammers.

size: 94 x 39 x 6.5 cm

bridges - chessmen

strings - 20 courses, five strings per course, though one whole course of strings is missing

maybe made around 1930 (or is this the 1910 instrument from his grandfather?)


It has a light, sturdy construction

special features:

photography - Dagmar Veraksits/DK