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Ron Ewing Dulcimettes

Who here owns one? What are your thoughts/suggestions? Is Ron Ewing even building them anymore (I'm sure he's getting up there in age)? I'm toying...
@Susie started 2 years ago - replies: 6

Thoughts on need for a compensated bridge

I have two ginger dulcimers.  One has a compensated bridge, and one doesn’t.  They sound different, in comparison to each other, but I’m not sure...
@Mary_Adelee started 6 months ago - replies: 8

In love with my Wren from Feather Dulcimer!!!

I know I've posted a lot about this in the last few days, but I want to leave this here as well in case someone comes searching little dulcimers...
@hugssandi started 7 years ago - replies: 14
Jill Geary

Wood and tuning for a McSpadden Ginger

Hi all, I'm planning on getting a Ginger. I'd appreciate your opinions on wood selection and tuning. I'm leaning toward walnut back and sides - but...
@Jill Geary started 8 years ago - replies: 6
Ballad Gal

Playing smaller dulcimers

Do those who have smaller dulcimers--say 24" vsl, or less--and also have a larger dulcimer find that they can play faster on the smaller dulcimer...
@Ballad Gal started 4 years ago - replies: 6
nick o'sullivan

A little tune on my eedybeedy

This is a hardingfele tune called Felefeber written by Annbjrg Lien, played on my all mahogany eedybeedy octave dulcimer. When played with a...
@nick o'sullivan started 8 years ago - replies: 12

Little Dulcimer List...What Type Do You Like and Why?

If someone was in the market for a "little dulcimer", which type would you recommend and why?...Octave vs non-octave, D vs G, VSL, voice, etc.
@Susie started 11 years ago - replies: 33
Don Grundy


Can any size dulcimer be strong and tuned DAd?
@Don Grundy started 5 years ago - replies: 5
Pete Staehling

Tiny Dulcimers

I have been building quite a few small dulcimers, but lately I have recently been building quite a few of my smallest ones. I have had several...
@Pete Staehling started 8 years ago - replies: 8
Dusty Turtle

The Little Dulcimers Little List

OK folks, this effort was inevitable at some point. I have begun compiling a list of makers of mini or octavedulcimers. Please offer additions...
@Dusty Turtle started 12 years ago - replies: 96
John Gribble

The Wren Has Landed

I recently received a new Wren travel dulcimer from Pete Staehling of Feather Dulcimer. Here are my impressions.First off, this thing is cute as a...
@John Gribble started 9 years ago - replies: 12
Cindy Stammich

String size and keys

I have a Ron Ewing 3-string Dulcimette. It has a really sweet sound. I am just wondering how to determine the best size strings to use, and what...
@Cindy Stammich started 8 years ago - replies: 13
Kay Bolin

Howard Rugg CapriTaurus Short Scale Model

I'm looking for a small dulcimer that's DAd (in the same octave as standard dulcimers). Do any of you have one of Howard's new ones? I'd love to...
@Kay Bolin started 7 years ago - replies: 1
Sheryl St. Clare

String Gauges for Don Neuhauser Double D Dulcimer

Greetings, Can anyone recommend string gauges for a Don Neuhauser Double D dulcimer 
@Sheryl St. Clare started 8 years ago - replies: 5

Little dulcimer...or epinette?

So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as When is it a 'little dulcimer' and when is it an 'epinette' ? Are...
@Strumelia started 8 years ago - replies: 4
Pete Staehling

How Little is Little?

I have been specializing in small dulcimers for some time, but have been expanding the size range of my instruments.The short end of the scale got...
@Pete Staehling started 9 years ago - replies: 4
Colleen Hailey

My New Oriole

I've been a member of this group for a while, and I now am the proud possessor of my own little dulcimer. The Oriole, made by Pete Staehling,...
@Colleen Hailey started 9 years ago - replies: 5
Peter W.

Folkroots Travel Dulcimer with "Galax" back

Does anybody have any experience with the FolkRoots travel dulcimer with "Galax" back?...
@Peter W. started 9 years ago - replies: 3
Pete Staehling

More little dulcimers

I have built quite a few since I last posted here (about a dozen). They have been getting progressively nicer as I have gained experience. The...
@Pete Staehling started 9 years ago - replies: 10
Pete Staehling

Tiny Dulcimer

I built a little Gdg dulcimer that is only 17" long and has a VSL of 16". I screwed it up in a number of ways and almost pitched it in the trash a...
@Pete Staehling started 9 years ago - replies: 13
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