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Hand Crafted Musical Instruments 
by Steve Schmeck

I have been building and modifying musical instruments for over 50 years (I know, that dates me) and still find great pleasure in this process. You can see photos of some of my past projects below.

For many years I made one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. My personal favorite is "Mandolino" at the bottom of this page, which I still have and play. Although I still do some stringed instrument repair I have found I'd rather play than make for now.    Steve


Handmade
Wood
Flutes




 

 
     

Cherry Flutes  (Key of A)



Cherry Flutes with Cherry & Leather Boxes


Lap Dulcimer with Bow


Dulcimer Detail


'Lutimer' Head Detail


'Lutimer'
(Four-Stringed Custom Instrument)



'Folk Guitar'


'Szentar' - Custom 4-stringed Octave Mandolin
tuned like a tenor guitar
(Maple & cherry with spruce top, ebony bridge)



Viola-sized contemporary bowed instrument
(Maple neck & head, spruce top and cherry body, fingerboard and accessories)

View construction process and notes here.


    

"Mandolino" -  4-Stringed Mandolin
(Quarter-sawn pine top, cherry back & sides, maple neck, head & fretboard)
 

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