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From the Publisher"Goes well beyond the numerous scholarly and technical articles written over the years about the dulcimer. Ledford's comments complement Alvey's writing and the fine photographs." — Choice
"Even if you don't know a dulcimer from a dobro, this is a fine biography in its own rights, a slice of real life profiling an innovative master of his craft and practicing musician." — Pegram (TN) Advocate
"There is a certain amount of how-to in the book (thank goodness someone cared enough to keep the written log) and even more who-does, but for musicians the core of this tribute and testament is the music-making instrument itself, the sound-in-the-ear as well as the visual object itself, which are both works of art." — Rockland (ME) Courier-Gazette
"One of the best luthiery biographies to be published in recent memory and a must-read for fans of the mountain dulcimer." — Sing Out!