Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions
yes floating bridges are the way to go
yes floating bridges are the way to go
what ken said. properly constructed instruments will not warp.
they were well made however they were made the old way using hand tools. his main job was demonstrating how it was.
i remember the dulcimer builder that i knew as bob around that time. i'm sure his instruments were for sale. he
built dulcimers on special order. he once gave me the most beautiful piece of butternut i've ever seen
when recording i always used an unwound base string .
i remembr bert berry. he ordered beginner books from me a dozen at a time to give his customers when they bought a dulcimer. i never met
him but we talked on the phone once a year or so. he was very nice and we had interesting conversations. i don't think he made a lot of
instruments. finding one for sale would be a great find
ihave lived in branson since 1969. i have never seen these instruments around here
check USPS and UPS for the best rates. i found USPS the most reasonable. i reccomend the instrument be in a case packed with plastic peanuts
and then put in a box also packed with peanuts or crumpled newspaper.
howard rugg visits here often. maybe he will chime in
thank you george for your kind commnents about my work. i am always glad when i hear someone is enjoying one of my dulcimers.
your 5 string probably has been re strung a number of times. unless u can find someone who knows how Mise strung it u have to experiment
you have a gem there with the Mise and the Orthey. i knew both of these exceptional craftsmen
ken is right. don't change the tuners. replacing the wound bass string with a plain one might help.
a few years ago a lady brought me a very low number vintage mc spadden asking that i install geared tuners. instead i called a friend
who worked at the mc spadden shop. i proposed a trade which they jumped on. they have a 50 year old instrument hanging in the shop and
she has a beautiful new mc spadden with geared tuners. it was a win/win
u need a luthier to examine this dulcimer. a non level fretboard is trouble and the fix could be expensive
these are typical grover tuners. back in the day mc spadden had them make these with the rosewood buttons. later on grover
shipped me a quantity of tuners with the rosewood buttons. they may still make them.....its worth a try
leaving any stringed wooden instrument in a parked car for extended times can be disastrous. as has been mentioned its the glue
that can let go and you have a case full of kindling wood. i traveled for years with numerous dulcimers in a van over the mountains....through
the desert and every sort of weather. when i parked the van for more than an hour or so i took the instruments out of the van and put them
in my travel trailer that was insulated and could be kept warm ..... or cool. my advise is "let the dulcimer live with you" and never in a parked car,
basement or attic
you can make ball end strings work by simply threading the end of the string through the ball forming a noose or a snare type
of end. then......install it. might require several attempts to tune the string as the noose tightens up on the pin.
'you can contact bonnie who would at least be able to reccomend someone if she don't care to do it
john and shirley naylor did work for cripple creek. they left there and started the dulcimer factory in friedricksburg texas. they built a lot
of instruments selling them in their own shop and in arts and crafts festivals. they wholesaled as well. for a while they supplied dulcimers
to the autoharp company of oscar schmidt. this instrument could be one of thiers or maybe a cripple creek although i think both of these
would have identifying lables
i knew Bob Mize. he wrote an article for foxfire detailing how to build a mtn dulcimer. he once told me the fret board was "off"
maybe this could shed some light on this discussion. at the time i was not aware of the different intonations used. i did not
push him for an explanation. he made beautiful instruments.
lynn mc spadden once told me the thickness of the soundboard on various woods was more important than the type of wood.