|Tom Yocky's Mountain Dulcimers|
|Comments From Recent Customers|
There have been a lot of discussions about my dulcimers
You can read about me on their discussion forum, just type Yocky as a keyword and hit the Search button towards the bottom of the screen.
|---I had the honor of building a dulcimer
for Terry Duggins, a well respected and recognized professional mountain
dulcimer player, here is what he had to say about his dulcimer"Wild Hearts"---
Aloha Tom, How are you? Wild Hearts is ku'aina (back to the land) and I am amazed at the big sound it has and the sustained sound. The action is very good on it. Easy to tune up. The craftsmanship is WOW! Really unique wood combinations. The binding is so great looking on it. The wood is awesome! I took it to the studio tonight to show it off and my studio producer LOVED the look and the sound. He took it away from me and tried to play it. IM going to record with it on a song called,"On a white sandy beach in Hawaii." Because it has such a good tone. I am still just amazed how rich and full it sounds. The sound is really good. Hawaiian music is great played on dulcimers like that. Helps keep up with those 8 string ukulees..and your dulcimers have a lot of power. So you know where your dulcimer going to be played. Kana Ka Pila with the ukuleles. And concert stage. It's going to be one of my main dulcimers for stage.
I hope you have a picture of the dulcimer "Wild Hearts" to show on your web site. And tell your wife big mahalos "Thank You" for the hand embroided wild heart on the dulcimer bag. That dulcimer bag is so kool..it reminds me of the sixties dulcimer bags. Jean Ritchie use to sell those dulcimer bags with her dulcimers she sold in the 60' and 70's. Anyway its great idea to keep the dulcimer warm and safe. Mahalo nui loa -Terry Duggins
---He later wrote back and added---
|---Here is what the owner of "Jule" had to
Wishing you much success in all your future endeavors!
|---Here is what the owner of "The Journey"
had to say---
I trust you folks made the trip OK and are recovering from exhaustion in your Texas abode. I'm also sure you wont be wanting to do that again. . . at least not anytime soon. My dulcimer arrived in great shape on Wednesday, 9-24. Seems that we didn't allow quite enough to cover shipping so I'll take care of that as soon as I get a mailing address. Tom. . . I can never thank you enough for your efforts (and the results of your efforts). While you kept me up to date on your selection of woods and their application, I had no idea that "The Journey" would be drop dead gorgeous. I'm glad we decided on the walnut top as the tone is just what I hoped for. Also, your use of the tail button as the pick up plug was quite ingenious. I realize that the name "The Journey" reflects much more than the move to Texas. The instrument shows to what point you have progressed and, as you move from a part time endeavor to a full time occupation, "The Journey" is a fitting tribute to this place in history and to your mastery of the craft. I am honored that you would entrust me with such a creation.
I know you were in a rush to photograph "The Journey" and record a sound clip before you got out of Dodge. If you ran out of time get do the photography you had in mind just let me know. The attachments were done very quickly. . . threw an old sheet on the drive way and grabbed some fast shots. Guess what I'm trying to say is, if you don't have the shots you wanted for your web site, scrap book, or what ever. . . just say the word and I'll get serious about it.
Thanks again, Tom. . . Warmest regards to all you Texas Yocky's,
|--Here is what the owner of "Totem" had to
Tom, Totem arrived a few minutes ago and I couldn't wait to let you know how much I love him! He is absolutely the most beautiful instrument I have ever seen, and the sound is heavenly! The storage bag is a nice compliment to the dulcimer and thank you lovely wife for that! You two are truly a special couple with a special gift to offer others. Hold onto your dream-there is no doubt in my mind that you will reach it! In Friendship, Debby
Later she added:
Hi Tom, Totem is awesome! That's the only word that comes to mind to describe him! Put me down as another truly satisfied customer! The dulcimer, together with the bag is such a complete package. You two are a great team!
|--Here is what the owner of "Dragonfly" had
Dragonfly arrived this morning, safe and sound. I am thrilled. The sound is sweet and melodious and projects great and sounds even better than the sample you had on the net. I played that sample sound every day while waiting for Dragonfly's arrival.You are blessed for having this talent to make such an instrument.
|---Here is what the owner of "Serenity" had
Hi Tom Serenity arrived yesterday.
She's beautiful! And I have to admit the walnut is GORGEOUS!
;) I love the maple strips and the olive ash burl mmmm..... I'm
a very visual person so beautiful things really delight me. Working with
wood must be so fascinating. Even more beautiful than the pictures.And
she sounds wonderful and is very easy to play. So when I know what
I'm doing a bit more it will be awesome! Thanks so much
Tom BTW - here's another nice thing somebody said on
|---Here is what the owner of "Circling" had
Tom, thank you! Circling came to my door today and we were instant friends. I also had an infected tooth so I've not felt like playing much. What I have found is that not only do you build very beautiful dulcimers but also ones that have the purist sounds I've heard. Circling is so far above the one from Fredrickburg that I'm not even sure they could be called the same instrument! Your's holds true tone throughout the scale. The frets are very easy to use. Just right for picking and strumming. Something I had not told you is that I have essential tremor, a condition that makes me shake, kind of like Parkinson's disease. Your design has the wrist rest for the right hand and this allows me to strum or pick with out great effort to keep from moving when I don't want too. Thank you, you've made an old man very happy!
|---Here is what the owner of "Summer
Twilight" had to say---
Hi, Tom--The dulcimer just arrived, and it really is spectacular in design, appearance, and sound. Your dulcimer is unique enough and such nice quality,I'd think you should certainly have a shot at making your dulcimers full time. Best of luck! Adair
|---Here is what the owner of "Briar Rose"
had to say---
Briar Rose arrived today, and what a perfect name! We knew she was a beauty, but she did have to sleep for a little while before she could sing, and she sings with the voice I was hoping she would have. To compare her to Proudfoot is to compare apples and oranges. They're both great, but different, and that's exactly what I wanted; Briar Rose's somewhat "bluegrassy" sound will nicely complement Proudfoot's rich "folksy" voice. You can be really proud of both of them, I know I am. And tell your wife the bags are now perfect.
---She then wrote again and said---
|---Here is what the owner of "Spring time"
had to say---
I am the proud owner of the Springtime Dulcimer you made. First, let me say THANK YOU for following your dream in making dulcimers. You definitely have a gift with wood and turning it into a thing of beauty. The sound on my dulcimer is amazing. It plays beautifully; even though I am a beginner I do not have a hard time holding down the strings like my other dulcimer. My friend who introduced me to dulcimers, literally drool when I brought it to work. She has played the dulcimer the years. She said the sound on my dulcimer was very rich and would only get better as time went on.
The quality craftsmanship, the beautiful colors in the woods you selected are all a part of why I love it. Thank you again for my dulcimer. I know I am going to have many, many years of enjoyment and can proudly say I own a Tom Yocky original.
P.S. I gave your info to my friend. She has to have a Tom Yocky original too.
|---Here is what the owner of "Sara"
had to say---
"SARA' arrived today, Monday 5-19 03 at 10:40 am ET. I was expecting a beautiful instrument but did not expect the combination of wood, metal
and sound to be this good. It is perfect. Just strumming the open strings makes a pleasant sound. Even I made a "musical" sound or two strumming and fretting the thing.
My grandson in less than a minute was playing the first notes of Farina's "Celebration For A Grey Day".I know this melody is a simple folk tune,
but it was fun to see and hear my grandson play it on this dulcimer named after his grandmother. He hinted after thirty minutes of playing that he wanted
to take it home and keep it. I told him he would have to give me a decade with it first!
Tom, you really are an "Artist" of the dulcimer as a builder and player. Thank you for a job exceedingly well done.
|---Here is what the owner of "Blooming"
had to say---
Tom received dulcimer yesterday, It is beautiful,was every thing I had hoped it would be .Thanks very much. It was a pleasure to have you build my dulci, you were very responsive to my request and very helpful to what I was looking for in a dulcimer.The mellow tone I wanted was accomplished with the wood selection you made for me your knowledge of wood and tones made it easy for me to buy with confidence,and I would definitely recommend your Dulcimers to anyone looking to Purchase a One of a kind Instrument.Once again Thanks I am Looking to many pleasant hours of Playing this Dulcimer .If anyone is looking for that special dulci, I would definitely say Yocky has it.
Paul Fowler Sr. Louisville Kentucky.
|---Here is what the owner of "Moon
and Stars" had to say---
Tom, I just love it! The most striking thing when playing it is that band of figured maple down the center of the fingerboard. It seems to move with the music. I just played "Simple Gifts" before writing this note. Music is indeed a simple and complicated gift. Thanks for the present! This baby is definitely going to the mountains Memorial Day weekend. It can be protected by leaving it in the car at night. I love all the different woods. Each one is beautiful in it's own way. I'm pleased with the choices that I made, and how they all look together. The moon and stars are great. I really like the "nose" on the moon! The sound is lovely. I have a goal of learning to finger pick.
Take care of yourself and your little family. I'll keep you posted on the dulcimer.
Your new friend, Susan
|---Here is what the owner of "Celestial"
had to say---
"Celestial" arrived in the mail today. :::smiling::: You have created a beautiful Dulcimer for me, and I thank you. I am very happy with the moon and stars theme for the soundholes. It is a priceless "Gem" and the sound is fantastic!!!!! I am going to find a special place on the wall to display it.
|---Here is what the owner of "Natures
Song" had to say---
Recieved, tuned,played, enjoyed. The best sounding and looking of my collection. Could have sold it 3 times today. Thanks very much.
Your new friend,
-Then later he wrote again and said-
|---Here is what the owner of "Dove"
had to say---
The dulcimer arrived yesterday. It is truly beautiful both in appearance and sound.
I spent the entire evening playing and getting acquainted with my 'Dove'. (That is why I am just getting to e-mailing you now.)
I thank you so much for all your time and effort
that you put into this instrument. It was worth every minute of the
wait. I appreciate the fact that you were very nice, kept me
updated and, obviously, put your heart and soul into your craft.
|---Here is what the owner of "Proudfoot"
had to say---
Proudfoot arrived and I've left feedback for you, but
ebay doesn't leave enough space for me to tell you how really pleased I
am. It showed up this morning just as I was leaving for my banjo lesson,
so I took it along, box and all, and we opened it there (outstanding
job of packing, by the way) and let it come to room temperature during
the lesson. My instructor has a place called the MusicCafe so people are
in and out all the time and everyone wanted to know what kind of instrument
it was. A lot of them stayed around until after my lesson so they could
hear it, so I tuned it, and tried it out in front of an audience. Luckily
the fret and string distances aren't too much different from the one I've
been playing (I use a "noter" of my own design) so I was able to play several
songs without too much trouble (kept it simple), and everyone loved it.
Then my instructor picked up my banjo and started playing with me, the
bass player who plays with his band jumped in, and it turned into a jam
session. We had a great time, and the dulcimer wasn't drowned out by the
banjo. We did have to "mic" it when we added the electric bass though.
We had so much fun, and drew such a crowd that we've decided to put together
a set and play for everybody in a couple of weeks. I also really like the
bag your wife made for it, but I have a suggestion... If the cord was a
little longer the ends could be tied together and then it could be carried
over the shoulder. I was also wondering if you've considered making hard
carrying cases for your dulcimers? Feel free to quote me, or
use me as a reference if it will help, because I've really enjoyed dealing
with you and I REALLY love
On a personal note: When is your baby due? Where in Oregon
- Edith wrote back and ordered another
|---Here is what the owner of "Gaze
Up" had to say---
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Y(and baby Y??),
I am so thrilled I could just weep-and I did,yesterday, when I opened up that professionally wrapped box from warm, warm CA!!!! I have never seen a lovelier instrument and I really can't thank you enough!!
My "Gaze"(and count me as thrilled that you named it that!!)is even more beautiful than I thought it would be-you gave me constellations instead of just a star and comet--I feel really blessed to have it!! And the sound of that instrument is beyond what I had imagined--I want to be with it all the time(poor banjos)- your craftsmanship and understanding of wood is unbelievable-such care and love-AND-what a very nice present to have included that lovely hand-made bag for Gaze!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I will definetly be ordering another one sometime in summer and I am thinking about that burl and shaded redwood- and 4 of your wiggly flowers or something close to that--was wondering what your modern designs look like, though-I love are deco and machine-age stuff--just thinking outloud----is 1 dulcimer ever enough? peace-love to you and your newest family member-Kaz in not-snowing-today PA
ps-forgot to add that I also fingerpick and Gaze is soooooo easy to play!!!