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Build a simple, quality musical instrument for therapy and healing.

The making of The Miracle Dulcimer, using quality wood and materials

The Miracle Dulcimer is a dulcimer I made from scratch when my wife's mother was terminally ill. She knew that I made handcrafted instruments and she requested that I make her a dulcimer. I was more than willing to do it, and put my heart into it, but my wife and I worried about what would happen when she couldn't play it. That's how the Miracle Dulcimer was born.

The Miracle Dulcimer is a handcrafted instrument made out of beautiful forms and materials, not a plastic easy-to-play toy. It is lightweight and easy for children, elderly or infirm persons, or others with (many, not all of course) physical limitations to play. To make the instrument playable immediately, without any practice or need for sheet music, my wife created a special music book with numbered and color-coded notes. I then used those same numbers/colors to label the dulcimer with stickers in an area of the dulcimer that is easy to see, but doesn't distract too much from the beauty of the instrument.

I need your help in funding The Miracle Dulcimer project so that I can learn how to create more of these for people who need them. When funding is met I can buy good quality wood and build a new dulcimer. My wife has also volunteered to contribute her music book and the story behind The Miracle Dulcimer, which will be available in both e-book and paperback. In addition, I will provide a video of the making of the dulcimer.

If I reach $500 or more over the goal, I'll shop for a good band saw. $500 will get me a satisfactory saw, obviously over $500 would get a better saw.

If I reach $1,000 or more over the goal, not only will I shop for a good band saw, but I will make an additional Miracle Dulcimer to donate to someone who needs it; such as a program like guitars for veterans, or the local nursing home or Hospice -- I will ask around.

All backers will be thanked with a special digital image badge to post on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, e-mails, etc. to show your family and friends that you donated to The Miracle Dulcimer Project, an instrument of healing.

All pledges of $20 or more will receive gifts. Please look at our project video and all of the gifts we are offering as Backer Rewards.

NOTE: Non-U.S. residents will have to pay an additional shipping cost for the backer rewards.

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