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From: Sarah Garland <dsarahgarland@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:34:14 -0900
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Hi Pat,

From my experience, I'd place James Jones dulcimers on the lower end of sustain, with more sustain than Rick Thum dulcimers but way less sustain than Dusty Strings and Masterworks. I don't have experience with Bill Spence dulcimers.  Another thing you should know about the James Jones dulcimers is that they are quieter than most other major brands.  If you're going to be amplified for performances or play unamplified in small groups that doesn't matter, but if you regularly play unamplified in really big, loud jams, you should get a Rick Thum. :)

I own both a James Jones 3/16/18/9 (7/8 inch string spacing, redwood soundboard & paduak bridges, built in 2002) and a James Jones 3/16/15/8 Travel Chromatic (same spacing & woods, build in 2007). The Travel model has been side-by-side with many more other dulcimers than it's larger cousin. The 3/16/15/8 has way less sustain than Dusty Strings instruments of all sizes and all the Masterworks I've heard. (Sorry; I don't know the models of the Masterworks.) I like it for contra dance music (i.e., fast) and rags. My larger James Jones has a little more sustain than the travel one.

I love my James Jone dulcimers. They suit me well, but obviously no one dulcimer is perfect for everyone. If you come to Alaska I'd be happy to let you play both. :)

Good luck in your dulcimer shopping! I hope you find the instrument that suits you perfectly.


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Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:29:19 -0600
From: Pat Harkins <otbanjopat@att.net>
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Hi I own both a James Jones Travel and a Lindsey Bill Spence HD. The small JJ has considerable more sustain than the Spence.

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> On Dec 9, 2013, at 8:17 PM, Rob Richardson <cedriccicada@gmail.com> wrote:
> What are James Jones instruments like?  I know they are good
> instruments, but can you describe them in more detail?  I currently
> play a David Lindsey Chromatic Spinet, but I've gotten to the point
> where I think my idea of what I want has grown, and I am willing to
> spend money for something that more closely matches where I am now.
> One of the main reasons I bought the Spinet was that it had less
> sustain than other instruments I tried, and I wanted fairly low
> sustain so that faster pieces, especially rags, would not sound muddy.
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