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CAPRITAURUS HISTORY

1963
Howard Rugg moved to Felton, California. Howard and his father were contracted to build a house in Felton. His father died while they were working on the house and Howard finished the project.

 

1965 
Howard Rugg started working as an antique restorer in Felton. He opened House of Howard, an antique store.

 

1968 
Howard Rugg saw the dulcimer for the first time when a couple of hippies pulled up in front of his shop. 
A few months later, Howard made his first dulcimer.


 


1969
Howard and Michael Rugg started making dulcimers under the name CapriTaurus. 

Michael Rugg started selling CapriTaurus dulcimers at The Renaissance Faires in California. 

Michael and Howard Rugg designed the bigger body CapriTaurus dulcimer for more resonance and volume. 


 
1972
Steve Jackel was hired to work for CapriTaurus.


 
1974
Steve Jackel became a business partner.  Rugg, Rugg & Jackel introduced the Folk Roots dulcimer.

 

1975 
Rugg, Rugg & Jackel split into two companies. Howard Rugg and Steve Jackel became Rugg & Jackel Music.
Michael Rugg remained with CapriTaurus.
 
Howard Rugg and Steve Jackel retained the Folk Roots line of dulcimers. 

Howard Rugg designed the Folk Roots dulcimers line for more efficient production.
 
The CapriTaurus brand switched its focus to custom dulcimers.        


 
Early 1980
The peak of Folk Roots dulcimers production. Approaching the Christmas season, the shop produced ten dulcimers a day.


 
1989
Howard Rugg and Steve Jackel sold the Folk Roots dulcimer brand to David Marks of Folkcraft in Connecticut. Today, Folkcraft is still making the Folk Roots dulcimer line. Folkcraft is now owned by Richard Ash in Indiana.
 
Howard Rugg went back to antique restoration, Michael Rugg quit playing and selling dulcimers and became a graphic artist.  Steve Jackel opened a lumber business.


 
2011

Howard Rugg started to make ukuleles.


2012 
Howard Rugg started to make dulcimers again.

   
 
2013 
Hearts of the Dulcimer, a documentary film about the dulcimer revival in California features Howard and Michael Rugg is released.


Howard Rugg stopped making ukuleles and turned his focus to dulcimers.


 


2014
Howard Rugg introduced a new short-scale dulcimer model.
 
Howard Rugg introduced his custom dulcimer pickup.


 
2015
Howard Rugg launched the CapriTaurus dulcimer website.
 

 

2016
Howard Rugg introduces the hummel model.