Mini Box Dulcimer

by Goschenhobel

Two children’s songs played in noter-drone style on a slim, short scale box dulcimer made by Goschenhobel in about 5 hours.

The facts: poplar plywood top and (double) back, strips of oak for the sides and beech blocks (for the string nails and the zither pins) on the left and right.
Length 60 cm (24″), width 20 cm (8″), height 3,7 cm (1 1/2″); scale length 54 cm (about 21 1/2″). Three strings (0.12, 0.16, 0.24) tuned to Gdg.

On Rannoch Moor


OH GO WEST HIGHLAND WAY
FOR RANNOCH MOOR

OH GO WEST HIGHLAND WAY
THE CURLEW CRIES
ON RANNOCH MOOR

AND YOU WILL HEAR THAT CRYIN’
AND THAT’S WHAT YOU CAME FOR
AND IT WILL TAKE YOU DOWN
ON RANNOCH MOOR

OH GO WEST HIGHLAND WAY
FOR RANNOCH MOOR

GO WEST HIGHLAND WAY
THE CURLEW CRIES
ON RANNOCH MOOR
– by Mary MacGowan

Mary’s Song

This song’s title is from a poem with the same title by Marion Angus, a Scottish poet popular at the turn of the century. I decided to “Americanize” her words because she used a lot of Gaelic and it didn’t feel right for me. Youtube gave me the option to create this old-fashioned look, sepias and faded, lovin’ it.