CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in Scotland

The second generation - Jimmy Cooper

He has made seven or eight instruments; some he has sold, others he has given to members of the family, but apart from his own and the one which is in my collection, it seems that none of them is being played.

As a maker, his whole philosophy is that "you can use whatever materials you have to hand" - such as nails for the protective rods on top of the bridges, plastic door-louvres to decorate the soundholes - because experience has shown that instruments that look attractive have a poor sound, while the best-toned dulcimers have little visual appeal.