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marg
@marg
11/03/22 03:36:39PM
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what to clean a dulcimer with


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Thanks Ken but the little dots are in the Ebony fret board, they are not the pearl place markers. I will look into the fret board conditioners, that would be good to have on hand. 

I have cleaned the dulcimer and it now looks like new. You can see the difference between grimy strum hollow before & updated photo attached. 

I lower the action, just a hair to make it easier to play and sing as I slide up the fret board. It is a Prussia Valley Butternut & Walnut 3" deep dulcimer, I knew under the grim it would be beautiful with a full tone - and it is.

Thanks for all your help

Oh, I blacken the 1.5 until I get use to it - it will wear off in no time.


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updated by @marg: 11/03/22 03:39:27PM
marg
@marg
11/02/22 11:01:53AM
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what to clean a dulcimer with


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Ok, I got rid of the grime - thanks, that's all it was in the strum hollow -

The ebony fretboard still has the little dots (not as much but still there) and looking like it's needs oil or something to bring it back & protect it.

marg
@marg
11/01/22 08:23:30PM
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what to clean a dulcimer with


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Need to clean an older dulcimer, I just got and I'm not sure how it was protected in the past - 

What would be the best to use:

Murphy oil soap, or lemon oil, or Howard's wood feed, or an instrument cleaner and what type. Mostly in just this spot of the strum hollow but a few little dots on the ebony fretboard.

Can it be cleaned or is it in the wood?

see attached photo

thanks,

m.


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updated by @marg: 11/01/22 08:28:11PM
marg
@marg
10/25/22 09:53:31AM
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Thanks to our FOTMD welcoming "Greeters"!


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Special members greeting new members -

thanks 

marg
@marg
10/06/22 04:33:18PM
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Help identify this épinette.


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(tuning is 1s and 5s)

sorry but what is that - could you say like Gg's or Aa's or Dd's

marg
@marg
10/06/22 11:54:21AM
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Help identify this épinette.


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I checked your FB - what size strings do you have on it & what is it tuned to? Sounds lovely

marg
@marg
08/13/22 07:13:28PM
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Cripple Creek Dulcimer


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Is this a Cripple Creek Dulcimer from about 20 years ago? Did they have a style like this with the pointed head?

Or was it by someone else but sold at Cripple Creek?


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updated by @marg: 08/13/22 07:15:29PM
marg
@marg
06/01/22 01:22:25PM
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Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers


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Ron

I have a Boss GT-1 Guitar effects processor I make my own sounds with, I am not sure what or how many effects went into the humming tone of the lullaby. I try and create the sound that would go with the music & tone I am after, for the lullaby I was after something that sounded like rocking the baby at 3:00 in the morning

marg
@marg
06/01/22 01:18:21PM
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Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers


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CajunJam

If the other's amp has more then one connection you could, maybe but what ever setting they have it set to, would also be the setting you would be using.

I didn't buy a floating pickup, I made it myself. If you notice the photos of the 2 dulcimers with the pickups you can better see what I am describing. Also, notice in the lullaby iI am playing a different dulcimer, that's because you can make the floating pickup to go on top of several of your dulcimers.

Yes, a humbucking (a little taller) or Seymour Duncan (a little thinner) would work, you just need to place either pickup on 2 little post that fits on the sides of your fretboard and tall enough the strings are not bothered. I am using 2 small wooden screw blocks from the kids wooden construction set & just some mounting putty to hold it all together for my floating pickup.

I do have a dulcimer that has a flat strum hollow and the Seymour Duncan just slides under the strings - but most dulcimers don't have a flat area. That's when I came up with the idea of above the strings. these pickups are great, they read the strings not the vibration of the sound board, so you get a better tone & more responsive. 

I hope this helps

m.


updated by @marg: 06/01/22 01:26:30PM
marg
@marg
04/17/22 10:18:19PM
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Various Tunings


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This is the first time I have seen the different tunings make some sense 

thanks

marg
@marg
03/07/22 05:48:19PM
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'Peace in the Family'  dulcimer tab


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I do like my tab (still not posted) but after many tries & not liking any of the dulcimers sounds, or picks, or tones, I created - stopping for today - but this is what I have. Trying maybe to put too much in (explosions, marching, crying, hope) and it just sounds the same. Oh well



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marg
@marg
03/06/22 09:23:11AM
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'Peace in the Family'  dulcimer tab


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What if we have a challenge to play - any instrument (music & chords included with tabs) - 'Peace in the Family' - Ukrainian Folk Song?

How many peaceful music hugs can we share to our groups & friends and ones in need - world wide?

What can we do as musicians? Any ideas?

marg
@marg
03/05/22 07:44:26PM
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'Peace in the Family'  dulcimer tab


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By the By - both of the dulcimer tabs of "Peace in the Family"

by Peggy Carter & Laurie Alsobrook can be shared.

So, share with your group - Pass on this Hug.

marg
@marg
03/05/22 05:48:49PM
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'Peace in the Family'  dulcimer tab


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Dulcimer Music Tab for 'Peace in the Family' recording, I posted March 1. My tab is just a handwritten tab under Corey's (NHCDS) music notes so not included - but below are 2 dulcimer tabs that you have permission to share and we hope you do.  It's a beautiful song and not hard. Their are 2 different tabs, both similar & different - play both arrangements. 

Music is so powerful, it can bring Tears to our Eyes, Smiles to our Faces & a Warm feeling to our Hearts. We hope you do share; to offer a hug, a prayer & the hope of peace - from our hearts to many others

Peace in the Family - Ukrainian Folk Song

Dulcimer Tab Arr: by Laurie Alsobrook - Send in the Music March 5, 2022

and

by Peggy Carter, Dulcimer Music


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updated by @marg: 03/06/22 09:12:44AM
marg
@marg
02/27/22 11:24:31AM
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International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


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I saw this, posted by Dulcimer Society of Dayton  on FB, this morning. Word is getting out.


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marg
@marg
02/22/22 02:38:27PM
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The Positive Thread...


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That's fine, just checking if that date was good  Internationally.

marg
@marg
02/22/22 01:32:22PM
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The Positive Thread...


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(International - last Saturday in March) 

Did anyone check if this date is ok for different countries - That their country doesn't have that as a special date? Did anyone discuss just (Appalachian Dulcimer Day)

marg
@marg
02/16/22 01:38:42PM
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The Positive Thread...


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WOW, I'm impressed with all the responses. Good luck with the end result. 

marg
@marg
01/23/22 12:37:37PM
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Dale Ward, dulcimer builder - Pigeon Forge, TN


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(Dale had a shop in Pigeon Forge in the 1990s )

Thanks for the information - could it be Dale didn't make/sell many dulcimers, that it's hard to find out  information? Or, maybe because he made them before we could google or post about the dulcimers from Pigeon Forge.

marg
@marg
01/22/22 10:12:12PM
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Dale Ward, dulcimer builder - Pigeon Forge, TN


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Does this 6 string look like a Rippled Sycamore & what type of tone wood would that make


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updated by @marg: 01/22/22 10:24:02PM
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@marg
01/22/22 05:10:52PM
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Dale Ward, dulcimer builder - Pigeon Forge, TN


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Does anyone own or know anything about Dale Ward's, dulcimers?  It's a  6 string Pigeon River String Instrument, handcrafted by Dale Ward 9/24/97


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updated by @marg: 01/22/22 05:13:13PM
marg
@marg
11/05/21 10:26:33PM
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Painful thumb


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Electric tape is smooth and you can wrap a little around your thumb, slides easy & protects your thumb

marg
@marg
10/10/21 09:05:47PM
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RIP Bill Taylor


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So sad, So young & So much more to give. I love the dogwood sound holes on his dulcimers & I bet many members have one of Bill Taylor's dulcimer. Now a piece of history and a piece of his love to go on. 

Thoughts & prayers


updated by @marg: 10/10/21 09:08:28PM
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@marg
10/07/21 10:50:03PM
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Who's dulcimer kit?


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Someone posted in Everything Dulcimer they were selling a dulcimer for a friend - Walnut Valley Dulcimer.

   Turns out thats just the info. I have been needing to know where this dulcimer (that a someone's grandfather had) came from - kit or not. The  arched fingerboard,  the inset maple ball and the chamfered strum hollow. 

 The dulcimer is a great adventure.  Always with a bit of patience we find out more about what it is we are wanting to know.

m.

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marg
@marg
08/05/21 08:56:53PM
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Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers


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I have tried out my floating removable Humbucking pickup on 4 different dulcimers so far and it works great, fitting each dulcimer.

With this video, I have moved the pickup up some and I am strumming behind it. 




Dulcimer with a removable floating Humbucking pickup - 4 equal distance strings, D,d,A,d



marg
@marg
08/03/21 10:32:56AM
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Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers


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I set a Seymour Duncan up years ago under the strings in a flat space at strum hollow, so I could learn & use the Boss GT-1 during Harvey, the TX  Hurricane.  It is the only dulcimer I had with a flat space, all others had the strum hollow. 

    So, why not a removable Magnetic Pickup, floating above the strings?


   One that would work, say on blocks (it's what I had around the house), having the 2 different sizes on a block (sides & tops) for different height fretboards - trying to be as close as you can without hitting the strings.

   More bass away from end in strum hollow & more treble sounding closest to end.

Sounds best anywhere in the strum hollow or even up the fretboard some - notice this Dulcimer (the one everyone recently helped me set up) has cut out groves but not a true hollow area - need to have good string Vibration but still works well with this dulcimer and can slide it up or back as I like.

    Overall, it does what I hope it would, read the vibrating strings from above & is interchangeable with any of my other dulcimers. The Humbucking pickup (only one they had at the Guitar Center) is taller then the wooden Seymour Duncan but with it able to slide up or back on the fretboard you can choose to strum in front of, or behind.
    Like my other pickup - under the strings - this one floating over the strings, works beautifully & such a good idea - a passive Humbucking as a removable pickup, or any magnetic pickup to read the strings - Why hasn't someone come up with a design for an - Interchangeable Magnetic Pickup? I know Jerry Rockwell has a pickup mounted above his strings - not sure if it's permanent or removable but he has demonstrated how well it works above the strings, in his playing. 

   I think there would be a market for anyone's dulcimer not already having a built in pickup. Is this anything anyone has thought of or already designed or would like to?



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marg
@marg
07/31/21 08:19:04PM
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Who's dulcimer kit?


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As it's set now, I am more concerned on having clear notes as I fret - it is not so high to be uncomfortable. I may sand it a bit more, I was just giving myself time to decide. Also in changing the strings I put on heavier ones (& a different brand) deciding now if I wanted to go a bit lighter on the melody. 

Thanks for all your help,  the Intonation  was the concern at first but it is right on now. 

marg
@marg
07/31/21 11:01:40AM
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Who's dulcimer kit?


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(Now that you have conquered set-up, the next thing is you will start building dulcimers.)

musicwasntme   I feel good about learning to care for a dulcimer but - not there yet on building. Would love to watch someone from start to finish but I'm better at drawing one then building one.

Morning

marg
@marg
07/31/21 10:45:54AM
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OK, careful, careful.

Sanded down - still space between nickel & string but much easier to fret, so will leave it here for now.

What would have taken someone maybe an hour or two to set up, has taken me 3 days but I learned a lot and took my time - checking with you guys as I went.

Team effort - Thanks again

marg
@marg
07/31/21 02:21:31AM
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Thanks Dusty, I was so busy working up at the nut - just wanted to make sure I could still sand the bridge.

marg
@marg
07/31/21 02:03:49AM
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Sorry, nut is sanded down, strings are on the 0 fret, it's the bridge (bottom end) I'm considering sanding.

So, I can sand the bridge to help  the action. I really think the dulcimer was set up for a noter


updated by @marg: 07/31/21 02:06:08AM
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@marg
07/31/21 01:50:31AM
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One last question, I hope:

Nut sanded, new strings & tone is good  off the 0 fret -

But the action is still a bit too high - can I sand the bridge down just a bit?


updated by @marg: 07/31/21 02:04:40AM
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@marg
07/30/21 05:52:27PM
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Thanks Nate, I have it sanded way down and tiny slits cut in the wooden nut for the middle string  & using the nails for the melody & the bass.

All Good, thanks so much everyone

m.

marg
@marg
07/29/21 02:13:18AM
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( feel comfortable sanding the nut way down)

  There was another nut in the case, no slits. I sanded that one down, saving the wooden one till I would see if I could get it to work. Hey, Hey - right on from open string to the 7th YEA!!!! Off some up pass 14 but I don't go that hi & if I would - think I would just use a different dulcimer. I even sanded the top more rounded like Nate said, for better pressure on the string.

  I like the wood better, since I don't have anything else white but good for now. I will need to replace the strings, they got a work out today. I'm leaving the nails in since I would have small holes to fill and I don't want to change what the builder did too much. 

Thanks for all the help, I'm slow but learning much from y'all

m.

marg
@marg
07/29/21 01:13:29AM
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( the intonation is correct at the nut or at the zero fret)

Intonation is correct at the zero fret, not at the nut

marg
@marg
07/28/21 09:48:16PM
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(the builder just shim something over the 0 fret)

What could act as a shim for over the 0 fret?

Could I maybe place something right in front of the 0 fret, creating another 0 - like the size of a tooth pic? I have sanded the nut but hesitant to sand anymore.

( found that how rounded off the side of the nut facing the headstock is can affect the pressure )

This was good info.

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