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DulcimerDad
@dulcimerdad
06/16/18 05:40:26PM
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I like the hummingbirds on my Ron Gibson.


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DulcimerDad
@dulcimerdad
01/14/17 03:31:28PM
4 posts

Favorite picks made from unusual materials


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I love the V-Picks Bing Lite picks for all types of playing. But my new favorite are picks made from Coconut shell. They're made by Steve Clayton (and maybe others). They are very loud, so if you're trying to play with no one else hearing you, these are the wrong picks to use. They also have some of the inside husk on the back so you have a grip. They are all natural, very durable and sound amazing. But they are a bit expensive compared to say a nylon pick. Though the Bing picks are expensive too.

Steve Clayton Coconut Shell Pick

DulcimerDad
@dulcimerdad
03/09/16 12:55:34PM
4 posts

Let's talk about VSL and Scale and smaller hands and other wonderful things...


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Jim Woods is correct. For all intents and purposes the measurement between the nut and the bridge is VSL or scale length, but it varies slightly from instrument to instrument. If you measure from nut to octaveĀ fret and from the octave fretĀ fret to bridge and add that together, that's the true VSL or scale length. In 30 years or so of playing bass (both bass guitar and upright) the small differences in measurement between instruments depending on how you measure makes no difference. (I know this sounds like gibberish, but think about it and you'll get it :-).)

DulcimerDad
@dulcimerdad
03/03/16 03:52:54PM
4 posts

Let's talk about VSL and Scale and smaller hands and other wonderful things...


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

VSL and Scale are two different ways of saying the same thing. The string only vibrates between the nut and the bridge, hence VSL. I've played bass for years, so I'm used to a 42" scale instrument!