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Farewell to Dennis Den Hartog - 1948-2013

I was sorry to learn this morning of the passing on January 4 of Dennis Den Hartog, who has been running his own small dulcimer shop, Folk Notes, for some 15 years in Fort Wayne. He was a player, a builder, and a teacher as well as a seller, and a couple of years ago I enjoyed a long conversation with him ranging from dulcimers to faith. He lived just around the corner from us for a while, and his unassuming home was as much a treasure trove of instruments as he was a fount of dulcimer knowledge and technique. Since our return to Fort Wayne I had been meaning to find time to visit again...I waited too long. May he rest in peace.