Missing part to attach string - folkcraft dulcimer

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
920 posts

Sorry, melanieangel. I did not see your reply until just now. Yes, I have Paypal. If you are still interested, send me a private message with your address and I can get them in the post to you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 

joe sanguinette
joe sanguinette
@joe-sanguinette
6 years ago
73 posts

go to any music shop and ask for ball end guitar strings.  the sizes ken suggests should be fine

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
2,010 posts

Where in the UK?  Our good friend Robin Clark of Bird Rock Dulcimers is up in Snowdonia.  Here's his website:

http://www.dulcimers.co.uk/    You can contact him through his site.  If the string pin is the problem, he may be able to help.

melanieangela
@melanieangela
6 years ago
3 posts

Ken Longfield:

Here are the suggested sizes for a Folkcraft dulcimer: 0.011, 0.011, 0.013, and 0.024. The last string is the only wound string. All the others are plain strings. If you need a set of Folkcraft strings, let me know. I can send you a set (post paid) for $5.00.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Hi Ken, that would be a massive help...I am in the UK so would be more than happy to pay for strings + postage. Do you have paypal? 

melanieangela
@melanieangela
6 years ago
3 posts

Ken Hulme:


As mentioned, hitch-or-string pins are readily available.  If you're breaking a bass string there may be a couple problems.  First, you need the correct gauge -- as KenL mentioned a .024 wound string would work for your dulcimer. 


You called the bass string the "d (bass) string.  In normal dulcimer parlance, a d is D4 an octave higher than the usual bass string D (which is D3).  Check out the MusicMakers on-line tuner:  http://www.harpkit.com/category/onlinetuner.html


You may be trying to tune the string too high.  Which note are you trying to tune to?  A .024 wound bass will easily tune to D3 (the usual D) and up to E and maybe F, but it will not tune up to G without breaking.  It will never make it to d (D4) without breaking.  If you're trying to tune to GDD or GDg you will surely break the bass string unless you use a .016 or .018 bass string.


For the right names for dulcimer parts, you might want to read I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  that I wrote several years ago.  It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms, plus answers to many beginner questions about tuning, playin, care and feeding of your new friend.  Here's the version I recently revised:


 


 


Thank you for this Ken! :) That will be really helpful 

joe sanguinette
joe sanguinette
@joe-sanguinette
6 years ago
73 posts

from your pics i see no problem with the hitch pins

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
920 posts

Here are the suggested sizes for a Folkcraft dulcimer: 0.011, 0.011, 0.013, and 0.024. The last string is the only wound string. All the others are plain strings. If you need a set of Folkcraft strings, let me know. I can send you a set (post paid) for $5.00.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
2,010 posts

As mentioned, hitch-or-string pins are readily available.  If you're breaking a bass string there may be a couple problems.  First, you need the correct gauge -- as KenL mentioned a .024 wound string would work for your dulcimer. 

You called the bass string the "d (bass) string.  In normal dulcimer parlance, a d is D4 an octave higher than the usual bass string D (which is D3).  Check out the MusicMakers on-line tuner:  http://www.harpkit.com/category/onlinetuner.html

You may be trying to tune the string too high.  Which note are you trying to tune to?  A .024 wound bass will easily tune to D3 (the usual D) and up to E and maybe F, but it will not tune up to G without breaking.  It will never make it to d (D4) without breaking.  If you're trying to tune to GDD or GDg you will surely break the bass string unless you use a .016 or .018 bass string.

For the right names for dulcimer parts, you might want to read I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  that I wrote several years ago.  It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms, plus answers to many beginner questions about tuning, playin, care and feeding of your new friend.  Here's the version I recently revised:

 

 

joe sanguinette
joe sanguinette
@joe-sanguinette
6 years ago
73 posts

you can buy hitch pins from Folkcraft.  ball end strings work best with these. you probably have the wrong size bass string

or or trying to tune it too high.  unlikely but possible you may have a problem with the nut

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
920 posts

You need a ball end string. I suggest that you make sure is a 0.024 wound string. You might try phosphor bronze wound rather than nickel wound.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John Gribble
John Gribble
@john-gribble
6 years ago
123 posts

To add to to the above: Strings come either ball-end (with the little brass piece the end of the string is wrapped around) or looped end, no brass piece. Your dulcimer will take either style. If you have a looped end string, just slide the loop over the little pin and tighten it up.

I suspect you're tightening the string too tight, if you have broken two strings already. That bass string is pretty loose when tuned properly.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 years ago
184 posts

Are you saying you broke the hitch pin that goes into the wood or that you lost the small brass piece in side the loop?  If its the pin that has broken off a good music shop with a guitar repair guy can fix that, if its the brass piece in the string, ball end strings come with them.......no problem there.

melanieangela
@melanieangela
6 years ago
3 posts

Hi all,

I recently bought a folkcraft teardrop dulcimer - not sure which model

I have managed to break the d (bass) string twice! The strings I use are nickel wound, the first time I broke a string I was luckily able to find the metal thing (I'm not sure of the name of it) the loop end goes around. However, I can't find it this time and am not sure how I can attach a string.

Do Folkcraft sell these parts on their website or is there anywhere I can get hold of them?

I have attached images below.

Many thanks!

 

 

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