A traditional Icelandic Langspil

Sunday, 11 January, 2015

Yesterday, my customer Christopher Fretwell picked up his Langspil, a traditional Icelandic instrument he commissioned from me in November 2014. It precedes the Appalachian dulcimer and has many similar features. We updated it with a chromatic fretboard, rather than diatonic and a raised bridge rather than a simple saddle at the tailpiece. For accuracy and ease of tunings, it incorporates "Pegheds" cello tuners with a 4 to 1 turning ratio.