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Bob
@bob
01/03/18 10:06:01PM
150 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Seems to be a nice population of Bald Eagles in south Jersey, Robert. Saw one fly up from the side of Delsea Drive this past summer, and another seen in our Maple tree in the back yard (above the chicken coup). They are amazing creatures (not the chickens...)

Bob
@bob
01/03/18 01:41:10PM
150 posts

Using boiled linseed oil (mahogany)


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Just to clarify the original question- Red78445 has an instrument that (presumably) already has a finish on it and wants to enhance the finish.

Some finishes cant be applied over another type (i.e., applying boiled linseed oil over a cured shellac finish). If it was a specific type of finish, I would go with a newer application of the same on the prepared surface.

If its just a 'spit shine', I think some furniture or paste wax might be the best option. There are tons of suggestions available in various woodworking/luthier forums.

Bob
@bob
12/27/17 09:45:31PM
150 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have been working on an old Scottish tune, "The Rock and the We Pickle Tow" (aka "Sullivan's March" and "Montrose's March").

I am also well embarked on a new dulcimer build of Black Walnut and Butternut, and preparing to build a Bloodwood/Western Cedar and Cherry one.

Bob
@bob
11/27/17 10:29:41PM
150 posts

Dulcimers in wooden cases?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I build solid wood Dulcimer Cases, fully lined and hand-painted.


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Bob
@bob
11/26/17 12:10:04AM
150 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

John C. Knopf:

Hi, Bob!  Maybe I'm the guy referred to?  

 

Anyway, paint should have no noticeable effect on the sound produced, unless you trowel it on like plaster.

 

Sounds like a fun project for you.

 

 

Ahhh- yes I think you might have been one of the chaps who sparked my interest in painted poplar dulcimers!

Bob
@bob
11/26/17 12:04:28AM
150 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

Ken- I like that a lot! I haven't heard of Milk Paint before- what is it?

Bob
@bob
11/26/17 12:02:55AM
150 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

Ken Hulme:

Bob -- are you making those sound hole rosettes yourself?  They sure look good.

Ken, they are made with a laser. I wish I could do that!!

Bob
@bob
11/25/17 08:53:57AM
150 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

Thanks Ken- great info. I remember now that one of the great luthiers here had painted his dulcimers in the tradition of Ed Thomas. I am glad to know that it's a option !

(Also, thanks for picking up an error I wrote- yes I will be using primary colors-not pastels, in the PA Dutch tradition).

It's funny how this idea came to me- I was just sitting at the kitchen table and had looked over at the spice rack I had built/painted (from Poplar) when the idea hit me and I'm like, "yeah that could look cool".

This will be fun happys


updated by @bob: 11/25/17 08:59:26AM
Bob
@bob
11/24/17 10:38:07PM
150 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

Hi friends,

As I am finishing up October's Dulcimer in a few days, I am entertaining an idea of my next one- a novelty dulcimer project. I have some nice Poplar to use (I have read good things about it as tone wood). I was imaging it being painted, using some bright and lively PA Dutch motifs, & making it really look Folk art-esque. The tuning head (Black Walnut?) will be a simpler design (flat sided) and have wooden tuners. I would use acrylic paints on the primed/sealed poplar, and finish it with a polyurethane varnish.

My question is how much would this paint affect the tone of the instrument. I am not thinking of gobs of paint but enough to decorate the dulcimer vibrantly (like in the photo below).

Thanks for any and all comments and suggestions!


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updated by @bob: 11/25/17 08:47:46AM
Bob
@bob
11/20/17 11:17:50PM
150 posts

Build a Dulcimer - In an hour from scratch


Building dulcimers

Well that's about the cleverest thing I've seen in a long time, and it sounds super! Great work thumbsup

Bob
@bob
11/20/17 09:27:04PM
150 posts

Fretboard separation from soundboard...


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

From the photo, it looks like the spruce top (?) has broken away from the fret board and some spruce is still attached to the fret board. (A good glue joint is stronger than the wood, so that may be the case.) If that's so, (and it looks like the joint between the head stock and fingerboard is firm) then the wood may have shrunk and separated. At any rate, consider fixing/filling the gap with a liberally glued and snug fitting shim. That would secure the two parts again.

Bob
@bob
11/17/17 11:20:51PM
150 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

I had thought of that, Ken. Maybe on my next build. I imagine they would need a broader foot to provide more surface contact for stability...

Bob
@bob
11/17/17 10:41:25AM
150 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

Ken Hulme:

Bob -- you're building monthly dulcimers... Why not try making one with three separate bridges, each one sort of like a chess rook (castle).

Hi Ken- This month's dulcimer is Louisiana-bound, and I am not sure as to December's yet. But the thought of making three wee little bridges isn't fun!


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Bob
@bob
11/16/17 11:29:19PM
150 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

For me, I appreciate what I have read and learned here (as always). Its great to learn from builders and players and musical theorists. Seems this topic of intonation and bridge settings can be a small thing or it can be a big thing, depending on who you talk to. Its a vibrant discussion and what it came down to for me, is that personal preference is based on positive experiences, and that experimentation is fun!

The mountain dulcimer is a humble instrument but it can be quite heroic as well. Potentials never end. 

Bob
@bob
11/13/17 03:55:10PM
150 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

Ken Hulme:

The Dulcimer remains a Folk Instrument, not a Concert instrument. 

But a mountain dulcimer could have the sound qualities of a concert instrument. Why not provide correct intonation if they are capable of doing so? If having a compensated bridge (floating or fixed) enables that, why not utilize one?

 


updated by @bob: 11/13/17 03:57:10PM
Bob
@bob
11/13/17 12:23:36PM
150 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

I am wondering why some Mountain Dulcimer Fret-boards are designed/cut for non-compensated Bridges (Bridge/Saddle) while others are not? It seems that other fretted instruments (Guitars, Ukes, Mandolins) are almost always compensated.
I am leaning toward 'floating bridges' to make this accommodation without making a permanently compensated bridge.
Your thoughts would be very much appreciated!


updated by @bob: 11/17/17 02:04:46PM
Bob
@bob
11/12/17 09:48:01PM
150 posts

Fretboard Crack!!


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Is that a hollow fret board with four strings above and four inside it?

Bob
@bob
10/24/17 09:23:51AM
150 posts

What's in a NAME???


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have been "naming" mine by the month that it was made. ("October"  is just getting started, though.)

Bob
@bob
10/23/17 01:07:10PM
150 posts

Hollow Fingeboards?


Building dulcimers

Thank you all. Seems there are several ways to go about it. I am inclined to use the band saw since I will be laminating a hardwood top on the finger board. I am steering away from my table saw on this one :-)

Bob
@bob
10/20/17 10:15:50PM
150 posts

Hollow Fingeboards?


Building dulcimers

After sharing ideas with a pro dulcimer builder, I am planning to begin hollowing out my dulcimer fingerboards. I never did it before but my own plan is to use the band saw to cut out the midle of the blank about 3/4 of the way down, leaving solid wood for working the strum hollow area. (Imagine a Tuning Fork shape) For the front end of the hollow I will make a block to enclose it against the tuning head. I will be laminating the top (as always) but using 1/4" hardwood (he suggested against very dense wood like Rosewood or ebony) which will enclose the fingerboard. It should be about half the weight of a solid one, I guess.

What methods do other makers use in making their fret boards hollow?

Bob
@bob
10/13/17 05:17:48PM
150 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Strumelia- a nice break from the more detailed work of making a dulcimer (as I make plans for the next one!)

Bob
@bob
10/13/17 01:48:25PM
150 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am finishing up a Dulcimer Carry Case today that will be going to a customer in California, for her Prichard repro. It's just a fanciful Pa Dutch design I made.


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updated by @bob: 10/13/17 05:09:22PM
Bob
@bob
10/03/17 06:00:16PM
150 posts

Tuning Mystery


Building dulcimers

If the bridge is set into a slot on the finger board, you may be able to remove it. If so, it isn't too much work for you to make a floating bridge for your dulcimer. You wouldn't even see the slot (except from the side).

Bob
@bob
09/18/17 10:16:14AM
150 posts

Thomas completed


Building dulcimers

Stunning instrument Kevin!

Bob
@bob
09/14/17 08:54:00AM
150 posts

Ukulele construction


Off Topic discussions

Wow Ken- looks like a great (and extensive) project! Hope you keep us posted, along with photos, as to how they are  coming along!

Bob
@bob
09/03/17 11:55:41PM
150 posts

Teardrop Dulcimer Question


Building dulcimers

Thanks Jan- Thanks very much for your suggestions. Maybe I will use the 25.5 vsl on a deep bodied dulcimer. Might be a nice sound!

Bob
@bob
09/01/17 10:16:56AM
150 posts

Teardrop Dulcimer Question


Building dulcimers

Hi John and Ken,

Thanks- I was happy to listen/watch several of your Teardrop dulcimer videos, John, and like the sounds of them!

He did not request a baritone dulcimer, so I don't know if I should go with the full 2" deep- though it will be a 25.5" fret-board. Would 8.5" or 9" wide with 1.75" depth be adequate to give a nice base tone?


updated by @bob: 09/01/17 10:17:35AM
Bob
@bob
08/31/17 10:50:59PM
150 posts

Teardrop Dulcimer Question


Building dulcimers

Thanks Ken, I appreciate your suggestion. The customer doesnt want a baritone, but likes a good base sound. He wants it in the same style as my latest make (Black Walnut with the Cherry rosettes). I am thinking Black Walnut top and sides and Mahogany bottom to give a warmer tone?

Those rosettes are made by an artist in Oregon. She uses a laser cutter too make them. I just love her work.

Bob
@bob
08/31/17 09:36:53PM
150 posts

Teardrop Dulcimer Question


Building dulcimers

If you have a Teardrop shaped dulcimer, (or make them) what is the span of the teardrop dulcimer at it's widest point?

I was asked to build one and am pondering how wide to make it. (My hourglass ones are generally 8" wide across the lower bout).

I am attaching a sketch of my basic design idea.

Thank you!


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Bob
@bob
08/27/17 09:48:13PM
150 posts

Recording practice sessions


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

*sigh* I remember the days when we just used Cassette recorders...

Bob
@bob
08/09/17 10:09:06PM
150 posts

Dulcimer Carry Case


Building dulcimers

Don Grundy: WOW!

thanks Don :-)


updated by @bob: 08/09/17 10:09:51PM
Bob
@bob
08/09/17 01:26:55PM
150 posts

Dulcimer Carry Case


Building dulcimers

Thank you! And it was fun to make :-)

Bob
@bob
07/24/17 10:50:28PM
150 posts

June's Dulcimer For Sale


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I intended to post this earlier but got side-tracked on another project. Anyway, I would like to offer "June's Dulcimer" for sale.
Asking $550 but I will consider any reasonable offer.
June is made of quarter-sawn Sitka Spruce top, with African Mahogany sides and bottom, as well as Tuning Scroll and tail piece. Gotoh Planetary tuning gears and a Bolivian Rosewood topped cherry fingerboard. 27" VSL There is a (low quality) video in this forum of how she sounds.
Please PM me with any thoughts or questions. Glad to share more photos by email.


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updated by @bob: 07/24/17 11:55:57PM
Bob
@bob
07/24/17 10:02:46PM
150 posts

bridge compensation


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I am wondering now if it would be better to have floating bridges rather than fixed bridges?

Bob
@bob
07/23/17 12:11:39AM
150 posts

Build #9


Building dulcimers

Looks terrific And really creative- love it!

Bob
@bob
07/20/17 08:44:22PM
150 posts

Dulcimer Carry Case


Building dulcimers

Thanks Steven- "July" needs to be as comfortable (and safe) as possible- it's a long trip to her Texas home crossfingers 

Bob
@bob
07/20/17 01:35:38PM
150 posts

Dulcimer Carry Case


Building dulcimers

I had just completed the box that July's Dulcimer will travel about in. I totally got lost in this fun project. The Folk Art bird on the box mimics the 'Bird of Paradise' on July's upper sound holes. I need to make one for me next!


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