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I have built several dulcimers from 16" to 30" VSL. The latest one has 30" VSL, Lower bout is 8 1/2", upper bout is 7" and is 2 " thick. Sides and back are walnut and top is ambrosia maple.
I started out with 12,12,16,24 strings and the melody and bass sounded fine, smooth and mellow, but the middle string has an odd twang . I used Struthers string gage and it recommended 9,9,12 and 18. after switching, I used 10,10,12,20. the middle string still has that strange twang. My instruments all have zero fret but could the problem still be in the nut that keeps the strings in position? the bridge was originally ebony but I changed that to bone . Still get that off sound. Action is very low as I dish the fretboard slightly midway to allow a lower bridge, could it be too low? No buzzing
I appreciate any thoughts