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Matt Berg

End Joints


Interesting youtube look at whether or not end joints are the weakest.
@Matt Berg started 9 months ago - replies: 4
Hobbyhorse

Solid Body Bass Dulcimer


We are back in Covid lock down in Auckland, New Zealand and building the above gave me a project to tackle. Built from a kauri floor joist,...
@Hobbyhorse started 9 months ago - replies: 5
Hobbyhorse

Music stand ..... a dulcimer accessory


I built the top section as a desk mounted music stand some months ago and with the lock down time on my hands, I finally got around to making a...
@Hobbyhorse started 2 years ago - replies: 12
NateBuildsToys

Sympathetic Strings


What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about sympathetic strings? I learned that several of the instruments closely related to...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 33
NateBuildsToys

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?


Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play diatonic dulcimers, but part of me feels that it would be useful to try to learn...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 12
NateBuildsToys

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any kind of protectant to the interior of their instrument before gluing it...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 6
Bob Stephens

3D Printing Dulcimers


The following is the latest blog posting from my website for anyone interested in 3D Printing a dulcimer.  It can be done and the...
@Bob Stephens started 10 months ago - replies: 11
dad roadie

Bridge location question new member


Hi to all, I’m new to the forum and was hoping someone may be able to assist me in restoring a very old “courting dulcimer” for a friend. I...
@dad roadie started 10 months ago - replies: 9
glp1958

Just Finished No. 1


Hello friends!  I just finished my first mountain dulcimer, made completely from scratch. I used a remnant of a curly maple gunstock blank (one...
@glp1958 started 10 months ago - replies: 11
Mill Branch Dulcimores

Building the Virginia Hogfiddle Kit Videos


I don't make the Kits anymore but I wanted to share the Videos I made for the customers who bought the Kits. These are long, drawn out, boring...
@Mill Branch Dulcimores started 10 months ago - replies: 3
NateBuildsToys

Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation


Hello, this is always something I've had to relearn on every single dulcimer I build, through trial and error. I'd love for it to be put in...
@NateBuildsToys started 10 months ago - replies: 2
Don Smith

Question on sound differences


Its me again with another question made the mistake of showing my wife photos of different dulcimer body styles and she likes the hour drop shape...
@Don Smith started 10 months ago - replies: 8
Don Smith

Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers


What are some of the better brands of Dulcimer's to look at I found a apple creek in phoenix but after reading the warning on this site about some...
@Don Smith started 11 months ago - replies: 22
Don Smith

Need Some Input


I have started my build of a Dulcimer for my wife I have all the wood cut except for the fret board, I have ripped all my pieces of wood to 1/8...
@Don Smith started 10 months ago - replies: 6
Bill Robison

fret installation on older just intonation dulcimer


Hello builders.    I am getting ready to build a copy of the old noter style dulcimer with frets only under melody string. It will be Just...
@Bill Robison started 11 months ago - replies: 5
Don Smith

question on sound holes


I m going to be building a hour glass shaped dulcimer for my wife even though i purchase one for her to get started learning on. i have plans...
@Don Smith started 11 months ago - replies: 6
Strumelia

Hindman Luthiery school giving people a second chance


An uplifting story, includes dulcimers:...
@Strumelia started 2 years ago - replies: 4
NateBuildsToys

How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a 'reader's digest' homesteading book which I learned to build dulcimers from...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 9
Bernadette

Bought a mountain dulcimer at an estate sale


It was 75% off the original sale price and I figure I would clean up/refurbish/repair (not sure what to call what I am doing and I hope this is the...
@Bernadette started last year - replies: 16
rojo

Fret board attaching to sound board


I've gap between the fretboard and the soundboard. Should I clamp it down or fill in the gap with a 'shim' of wood. I'm concerned if I clamp it...
@rojo started last year - replies: 18
 
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