Bob Stephens

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Location: Indian Land, SC
Country: US

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Luthier specializing in innovative high end mountain dulcimers.  More information is available at stephenslutherie.com.

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Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 19 hours ago
@bob-stephens is now following @matt-berg
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Two more from the workshop:
"Time well spent.  Two fine looking instruments ."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"That is interesting.  Butch Ross mentioned the concept in our last meeting and I have it on my list of things to learn more about.  My latest steel string..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • yesterday • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Yes, my steel string dulcimers have a pretty large beam running through them. It was roughly based on the Smallman school of classical guitar building where..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane:
"I think Ken Hulme is right about needing special equipment when you are trying to isolate the sound difference the finish makes.  The slightest difference..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"My standard steel string has a false bottom that is the soundboard just as Nate envisioned in his description.  The bridge extends thorough the top to the..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Thank you for posting Joni's dulcimer.  I had never seen her play that particular instrument and it does look very close to my steel string designs.  I..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Your bracing is very similar to the Taylor V bracing.  I have attached a photo of the bracing used on the dulcimer that Butch Ross is getting.  I refer to it..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Your thinking is correct and as you can see from my design, the resulting instrument looks quite conventional- in a modern sort of way.  You can stay with..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"I am very intrigued by your solution to the problems of dulcimer design.  The fact that you found a way to improve volume and still retain the tone you were..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 3 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Nate,  You just described my standard steel string design exactly and I can verify that it works very well- so maybe your idea wasn't so bizarre after all...."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"As magical as the dulcimer is, it is still bound by the laws of physics and basic engineering principals.  The engineer in me is compelled to try to explain..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Matt, Thank you for posting your recent build.  Not only does is show your excellent workmanship, it has some interesting design features.  I am happy to see..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"If you are going to put a truss rod in I would definitely use an adjustable one- preferably double acting so you can correct in either direction. I have to..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Nate, I use carbon fiber stiffening in my necks for several reasons.  I strive for very low action, which requires a neck that stays straight within a few..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard:
"I have not built any dulcimers with the bridge on the soundboard, where the neck was in contact with the top, so I am not sure how much of an advantage it..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on In pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer:
"Thank you for your kind comments Wendell.  Making dulcimers that look good is relatively easy.  Making them to match the needs of professional musicians is..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on In pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer:
"Dusty, Although I won't be building to order, there will be prototype instruments available from time to time.  We won't be able store all of our test..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Nate, You always have such great questions.  I wish we had more answers that we know to be absolutely true.  I have a few thoughts based on a recent dulcimer..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on fret wire crown height and width:
"Aaron O'Rourke introduced me to jumbo frets (EVO Gold FW9665) and unless someone specifically requests standard frets, all my builds now use the higher..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one week ago • comments: 10
Liked a group discussions item created by @larryciesla: fret wire crown height and width
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one week ago • comments: 7
Created a new Group discussion "In pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer":
"I have recently decided to suspend production of dulcimers for the general market so that I can devote my efforts to advancing the design.  I am very..."
Dulcimer Making
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard:
"One consideration is the amount of extraneous noise you get when doing hammer ons and pull offs.  In our pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer, Aaron O'Rourke and..."

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In pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer


I have recently decided to suspend production of dulcimers for the...
@Bob Stephens one week ago - Comments: 7
Bob Stephens

String spacing and fretboard width


I would like to know the string spacing and fretboard width typically...
@Bob Stephens 6 months ago - Comments: 3

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Bill Lewis
07/08/10 02:39:56PM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Bob. Grin.gif
Rod Westerfield
07/08/10 01:04:31PM @rod-westerfield:
welcome Bob glad ya joined the FOTMD family Smile.gif
Sue Simms
07/08/10 08:52:05AM @sue-simms:
W Smile.gif elcome Bob, great seeing another FOTMD join us
Strumelia
07/07/10 11:28:41PM @strumelia:
A warm welcome to you Bob!