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At long last I have assembled a RIZZETTA TUNE ARCHIVE including most of my music plus some traditional tunes. PDF or paper copies are available at minimal cost. See the SHEET MUSIC page.

My Carbon Flex Shaft Hammers are now available with single-sided heads and at slightly less cost than double-sided heads. See the HAMMERS page.

There is a new hammer dulcimer feature to report. A long time ago I developed the idea for a third playing bridge to add extra low bass notes to traditional American dulcimers. This “Super Bass” bridge is generally placed on the left side of a dulcimer because it sounds better there and is structurally better for the dulcimer. Some players have argued for placing the Super Bass bridge on the right for the convenience of playing some passages. Well, now you don’t have to choose. I’ve developed a way to add another bridge and play the Super Bass courses on both sides without compromising structure or tone. In fact, tone is improved. This is available now on my dulcimers, and we hope to introduce this feature on some Dusty Strings dulcimer models soon. See tuning charts and more information on the Hammer Dulcimer page.

Dulcimer Fandango is my latest CD. Uplifting compositions using the luscious tones of acoustic, carbon fiber hammer dulcimers on every cut. My carbon dulcimers are my favorites, and this is the first recording using them exclusively. Sound clips, CDs, and MP3 downloads are available at popular music websites and at: Rizzetta at CD Baby. Read more on the Recordings page.
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The Mountain Dulcimer page also has information on pickups and amplification.
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The Carbon Fiber Instruments page has the latest on carbon hammer and mountain dulcimers.
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I am finally making some of my waterproof traveling Native-style flutes to sell; see the new Flute page.

Moonlight On The River CD features mountain dulcimer on every cut. Sound clips, CDs, and downloads are available at popular music websites. Rizzetta at CD Baby. For the original Trapezoid: Trapezoid at CD Baby. See the Recordings page for all the Rizzetta CDs.

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See the Canoes & Kayaks page for a FREE and newly updated PDF on canoe and kayak flotation, rescue, and safety. The book CANOE AND KAYAK BUILDING THE LIGHT AND EASY WAY, available at bookstores and online book sellers, is helping home builders make their own ultra light weight canoes. A free supplemental PDF has more on making kayak paddles.
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 In the past I have been chided by paddling friends for not bringing musical instruments on my wilderness canoe trips. Dulcimers and guitars are too delicate and valuable to bash around in the wild and too inconvenient to lug across rugged portages where every unnecessary ounce is burdensome. I do like playing Native American flutes outdoors but don’t like subjecting them to weather and rough use. However, I finally broke down and made small, waterproof, Native American-style flutes out of PVC for my paddling partners on a recent wilderness canoe trip. We enjoyed the flutes so much that I designing a series of them in different sizes. The beautiful tone surprised me. See the Flute page.

Early summer has been filled with the usual sunshine and thunderstorms. In between making instruments and writing music I’ve taken time to go paddling and backpacking in our West Virginia mountains. Phoebes are already feeding their chicks in their usual nest under our carport. They are a welcome sight as they definitely keep the insect population in check. Deer keep eating the flowers from the boxes by my workshop. If you come to visit, be sure not to step on the little lizard that likes to sun itself by my workshop door. You’ll find me trying to catch up on hammer orders so I can build a new canoe. If I’m not home… well, I’m probably paddling or hiking.

Sam

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