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 • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"That's unfortunate.  When it happens on a very expensive wood dulcimer it is really unfortunate.  You are right that the cardboard can't help keep the..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"I have never tried monofilament, but I have used a very heavy waxed thread for tied frets on a solid body cello.  I was trying to emulate the gut frets used..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"I personally don't have a problem with the slot, if just to help position the parts for glue up.  The rounded bottom may not be necessary, but certainly..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"Following "rules", if there are any, has never advanced the development of anything.  If you have visited my website, you know that I value creative..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago
@bob-stephens is now following @hunterdude
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The "I have small hands" idea":
"This has been a very interesting discussion from the luthiers point of view.  Many good thoughts.  I have one additional thing to consider when purchasing or..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tips on shipping dulcimers":
"Here are a few photos of the shipping crate that I use for the dulcimers I build.  It's basically a plywood crate inside a cardboard box.  There are..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"It's great that you are using your builds to learn from and perhaps push the body of knowledge.  My thought on fretboard design would be that, since the..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago
@bob-stephens is now following @natebuildstoys
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Another resource that I have found useful is "Left Brain Lutherie" by David Hurd.  Gets into the physics but you don't need a PHD to understand and use the..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Number 100:
"That's a major accomplishment, Bob.  The instrument is stunning.  Congratulations."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"I am glad that you are not upset that your thread was hijacked.  You have discovered one of the prime reasons I began building my design of dulcimer.  Most..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
"I just happen upon this post and this is a crazy cool dulcimer.  I applaud your efforts to advance the state of the art.  Any thoughts about putting a lid on..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Another "Not A Dulcimer" Build:
"Very interesting project Ken.  I am anxious to hear the final result.  Must be rewarding to add to the body of knowledge."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Hi Nate.   When the current National Champion played a dulcimer he made out of styrofoam, it's hard to discount any material.  If the musician likes the..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Road to Lisdoonvarna:
"Wow, that was amazing.  Loved the banjo dulcimer and all the sounds you are able to get out of it."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Let me start by saying that when the best violin makers get together to discuss what is actually proven to affect the sound of a violin, they rarely can..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"I use a zero fret on my dulcimers with a bone "nut" to space the stings (and a bone saddle).  When using a zero fret the material of the string spacer has..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Ariane, I remain a big fan of your work.  Beautiful arrangement.  Thank you fro sharing the TAB."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Figured Walnut with Port Orford Cedar Soundboard:
"This is one of my nylon string dulcimers like the one Aaron plays so the sound is similar to his except the walnut/Port Orford Cedar combination is more..."
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String spacing and fretboard width


I would like to know the string spacing and fretboard width typically...
@Bob Stephens 4 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!