Edd was the very first traditional North Carolina instrument maker I ever met. I'll never forget that drive way up towards Banner Elk to find him. I got to see his little workshop out back and Nettie (his wife) played for me as she sat on their living room couch. Edd didn't play ... but he sure knew how to build 'em! I checked the intonation on this one and it's "spot on." This dulcimer can certainly be played but I've left it as is completely because it would be a "dream" for a serious collector. It's priced accordingly. Edd was a highly respected member of Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. He made his first Dulcimer in 1936 and crafted over 1100 of them in his fruitful life! This particular 6 string mountain dulcimer is a rare Presnell "Church Dulcimer" #1025. The tuning pegs are hand crafted Macassar Ebony. Edd made this Mountain Dulcimer in 1973, The sound holes are Edd's signature hearts seemingly backwards but Edd set them that way because "they're pointed toward Heaven." Edd was awarded the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award in 1974 for his dulcimer making and wood carving. I believe the soft case was made by his lovely wife Nettie. Sadly Edd passes away in 1994.