The Bassimer is a new instrument that I have developed. My original goal was to build a lap dulcimer after visiting a wood furniture maker's shop on a vacation to Kentucky. Well, one thing led to another and I ended up building the prototype Bassimer . This led me to a successful US Patent. I showed it to some of my musician friends, and everyone's immediate reaction was "Wow, this thing sounds really cool, and itís so easy." I am now building instruments in a small shop that I share with my luthier friend Steve Benford (see friends page).