Just arrived, a 1975 Hee Haw Plank. Basically a flat dulcimer, this was the inspiration for my electric dulcimer build. I need to glue the fretboard and bridge back down and re-string it.

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Comment by Cigar Box Nation Official on February 3, 2021 at 12:28am

Why have I never seen this?  I must own one now!!!  (Nuthin' on eBay tonight...)

-shane speal

Comment by Uncle John on February 2, 2021 at 12:13pm

LOL!  Sorry James.  Some disagree.  I think they are a pain in the butt.   Hard to tune and keep tuned.   

Ha, on CBS, Hee Haw and Lassie.  Too bad.  I am pretty sure Hee Haw is still on some cable channels.  I watched some a couple years back.  RFD channel, I think.

I will look at that clip.

Comment by James Conder on February 2, 2021 at 12:07pm

Yeah, this is the first time I've dealt with friction tuners, and I kinda hate'em.  

Hee Haw was originally taken off CBS during the "Rural Purge" of the early '70's, when as Pat Buttram put it "CBS canceled everything with a tree — including Lassie.". 

However Hee Haw's producers put together a syndication package which allowed the show to last until 1993.

This is the only clip I've found of the plank being played on the show:

Plank Dulcimer designed by Tut Taylor - YouTube

Comment by Uncle John on February 2, 2021 at 9:15am

Cool.  I wonder if they were sold on the Hee Haw program.  I don't like the friction tuners, but hope they work okay for you.  I heard Hee Haw was taken off the air even though they had a large viewing audience - because it was thought that Hee Haw watchers were not the demographic that adverisers were reaching for.

Wow, you got the box and all.

Comment by Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans on February 1, 2021 at 6:23pm

Wow!  I remember a deal on a mountain dulcimer kit, mid-70's for under $40 or so.  Passed on it, unfortunately....   This is pretty cool! 

Comment by the anonymous pick on February 1, 2021 at 5:02pm

never knew these existed  . very cool.

Comment by James Conder on February 1, 2021 at 3:20pm

Jerry Jordan - It took me over a year to get this one. 

Comment by Jerry Jordan on February 1, 2021 at 3:10pm

Jealous., back when I was a kid they had a $30 kit to build one of these.,., without the cool Hee Haw branding., of course I went straight to Ebay, and none to be had,...

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