Welcome to ∼Cloud Nine∼

About ∼Cloud Nine∼

∼Cloud Nine∼ Musical Instruments is the work of Michael C. Allen, who has been a full time musical instrument maker since 1977.

Michael C. Allen About the Maker:
Michael C. Allen has been making wooden stringed musical instruments including hammered dulcimers full time since 1977. He has also taught guitar making, and invented his own version of Marimbula. His workshop is known as ~Cloud Nine~ Musical Instruments.

Since 2004, Michael has been one of only three hammered dulcimer makers selected to create an instrument as a prize in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship held in Winfield, Kansas each September.

2007 marked the 30th Anniversay of ∼Cloud Nine∼ Musical Instruments!

This web site will serve to inform you about the musical instruments made at ∼Cloud Nine∼, and will also provide you with some background concerning the makers, the music, and related information. ∼Cloud Nine∼ is best known for hammered dulcimers, but other wooden and stringed musical instruments are handmade here in the shop.

We hope that you find this web site practical and informative. Please return often, as we hope to make this web site as everchanging as the oral tradition that has inspired our work.