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Sue Simms
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07/24/12 12:34:10PM
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My 40 year old box of harmonicas


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i agree with this ! i have one myself and love it.

Sue Simms
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02/17/11 04:05:24PM
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Sue Simms
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05/11/15 10:46:31AM
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Dulcimer Strings


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Thanks David


David Lynch said:

How much the type of string will affect the tone depends a bit on the instrument itself. If the instrument is designed for a bright voice then changing from a nickel wound to a Phosphor Bronze may not make much of a difference. On the other hand, on a mid range or mellow dulcimer you will definitely hear a more mellow overall tone with the PB bass string. The nickel wound will brighten it up.

What gauge to use will be decided by several factors: The scale length, the tuning,the tone you want and the "feel" you like. There are several good string gauge calculators on line which will give you a kind of a "middle of the road" string set (note that the one on Tom Strothers website tends to yield a "light set") and they will give you a good starting point. Once you have that starting point go ahead and play around a bit with the gauges to fine tune it to what you like the best. A rough rule of thumb is that a heavier string will give a bit more volume and sustain but be harder to fret. Lighter strings will be just the opposite.

To give you some examples: My standard models are designed to produce a mid to mellow voice (I can make them bright but that is another story) and they all use the same scale of 25 7/8". My standard string set for that scale and a DAd tuning is a .24 PB bass, a .014 middle and .012 melodies. With that set several tunings are available DAd, DAA CGc, DF#Ad and others.

However, if I know the player is going to be playing in DAA all the time I will put .014s on the melodies in place of the .012s. Or maybe the player has asked for a very light action so I would drop each size down a step. Another example: if when stringing up a new dulcimer I decide I want to bump up the mid range a bit I will use a .015on the middle and a .026PBW on the bass.

The main thing is to remember is that string gauges are not set in stone. Use what works for you.

Sue Simms
@sue-simms
04/15/15 12:28:15AM
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Dulcimer Strings


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folkfan said:

I'm with Ken when it comes to buying strings in bulk. I get mine from "Just Strings" too. Since I tune in CGG with about a 26" VSL, I usually go 24-14-14. With these gauges I can easily go up to DAA if there is any need to. To go to DAd though I'd want a lighter gauge on my melody string.

As to the phosphorus bronze, I use them all the time. I don't hear any difference between Nickel wound or phosphorus bronze. The only difference that I can see is the color. Some people like to have their strings all the same silvery hue, but it doesn't matter to me.

Sue Simms said:
Thankyou Ken for your input. I noticed mine are 12 and 22. I will check out the others also.

Ken Hulme said:
I've not found the phosphor Bronze to be any different in my playing than any other strings. I usually go to www.juststrings.com and order a dozen sets of inexpensive strings at a time. I tune primarily DAA and prefer 12s for the melody string(s) , 14 for the middle drone, and 22wound or 24wound for the base.
Sue Simms
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08/28/10 10:44:34PM
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Dulcimer Strings


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Thankyou Ken for your input. I noticed mine are 12 and 22. I will check out the others also. Ken Hulme said:
I've not found the phosphor Bronze to be any different in my playing than any other strings. I usually go to www.juststrings.com and order a dozen sets of inexpensive strings at a time. I tune primarily DAA and prefer 12s for the melody string(s) , 14 for the middle drone, and 22wound or 24wound for the base.
Sue Simms
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08/27/10 11:30:39PM
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Dulcimer Strings


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Thanks Tom, ' you are right and that I just try different strings and see what suits me. Thankyou for your input. To know I don't have to stick with just Dulcimer strings. Tom McDonald said:
I discovered pretty quickly that I don't care for the high D and the A strings being the same size. I like the tone that I get with a slightly larger A string. (If I played DAA, I would run both A stings a little on the fat side). I also removed the extra D string, since I am apt to use any of the strings to carry the melody line. Having that 4th string with my playing style just caused aggravation.

The good news is that strings are cheap enough to just cut off and throw away if you don't like them. Also, you don't need "dulcimer" strings. I've got banjo strings on one of mine so I can turn it lower. You can also use a pair of needle nose pliers to pop the little ball out the end of a guitar string, exposing the loop, and put it on your dulcimer. So, your string choices are only limited by what is a reasonable diameter for your scale length and the tuning that you want, and maybe some adjustment at the nut or bridge if you want to make a really large change.

I took a few lessons with Tom and Missy Strothers when I started playing, and like their string gauge calculator. I used this to decide on strings my G D g instrument.

http://strothers.com/string_choice.htm

They have a great chord finder, too:

http://strothers.com/chords.htm

Hope this helps.
Sue Simms
@sue-simms
08/27/10 06:58:43PM
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Dulcimer Strings


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Just wondering what type of 'Dulcimer Strings' should be used ?I now have on the Martin DulcimerSet. Nickel Alloy Wound- Standard Gauge *4 strings. Reads .012 which is Silvered Steel & then the last one is Nickel Alloy Wound .022. My question is I would like to try thePhospher Bronze ; has anyone tried these ? Would appreciate your input and advice.


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Sue Simms
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06/23/10 08:39:46PM
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Like your attitude Littlebird " Anne Littlebird said:
You can play it any way that is comfortable for you. I play both ways. Ther eis no right or wrong way.

To keep it from sliding make sure that your thighs are level. You will probably have to be in a chair lower than you would normally sit in. Or raise your feet slightly on say a phone book or two.

A chamois on your lap also helps to keep the dulcimer in place. Just make sure that you wash a new one - some of them have a coating on them that might affect the finish on your instrument. A washed one is fine though. I keep one in my case just in case I wear something that is really slippery.

Just breathe and play - it's beautiful instrument. WHen I get frustrated I pick up the dulcimer. It calms me right down. JUst noodle and make something up. No worries about what is right and wrong. If you are playing it - then it is right.
Sue Simms
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11/24/10 09:36:07PM
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OMG , that dress was called by us girls then ,the Tent Dress !

Strumelia said:


Hey Sue, I actually have a skirt in a fabric that reminds me of your dress fabric- and it's called the "Pinky Highball Go-go skirt" ...!! 


Sue Simms
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11/24/10 09:34:25PM
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I'm learning the fiddle.,would have liked starting at a young age.Great gift you have there Clare

Sue Simms
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11/24/10 09:32:29PM
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Clare, this is adorable photo !

Robin Thompson said:

What a neat snapsnot, Clare! Do you play violin (or fiddle) now?



Sue Simms
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11/24/10 02:47:44PM
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the 60's hair-do flip-

Jim Edwards said:

Awesome hair!
Sue Simms
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11/23/10 06:55:44PM
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You were ready ! too cute

Jackie said:

This is my High School Prom Pic...1970 check out the Tiara!
Sue Simms
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11/22/10 11:19:02AM
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Do you cherish your skills now Jan

Jan Payne said:

Early 70's ish doing what I totally disliked - piano practice YUK.
Sue Simms
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11/21/10 06:36:03PM
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Love this photo Strumelia !

Strumelia said:


This is me around age 4, dressed up as a princess for Halloween. I have my mother's lace slip draped over my head as a 'royal train', and she drew my eylashes on with eyebrow pencil. =8-)



Sue Simms
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11/21/10 06:32:18PM
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Great Pic Dana

Dana R. McCall said:
1975 Was a good year Rod.
Sue Simms
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11/21/10 06:20:55PM
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Love this Photo Sam !

Sam said:
When I had hair ...... an' a Red Ryder shirt ...

Sue Simms
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11/21/10 05:32:15PM
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This is a Great photo girl !

Strumelia said:
Here's one from my teenage hippy days... (I'm the blond one) I think it was around 1967 and I must have been 13 or 14.
I remember buying that fur coat at the Salvation army for like $3. Right away my friend Susan got one too. LOL!

Sue Simms
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11/21/10 05:02:24PM
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Love the Photos ! okay I will dig one up
Sue Simms
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11/21/10 05:00:57PM
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Just adorable !

Flint Hill said:
Blondie and her boy, 1953.

Blondie and her boy, 1953

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Sue Simms
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11/21/10 04:59:39PM
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Love it !

folkfan said:
This is about as old as I can get. But it's only from 2006

The Chicago Highland Games take by Clan Macleod.
Sue Simms
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11/21/10 04:58:58PM
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Just too cute !

Travis Rodgers said:




I believe this is my 12th birthday. We had it at a local Q-zar

 

Sue Simms
@sue-simms
09/01/10 07:40:53PM
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Bowed Psaltery


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Donna, I recall that the maker was Tish Westman. It was smaller than the one strumelia has shown. Wonderful sound ! It seems to keep on ringing. Donna Malus said:
Hi Sue, where did you try one? Do you know who the builder was?

Sue Simms said:
I had the opportunity to play one last week ! so beautiful , I will check out Tish's site.
Sue Simms
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08/31/10 05:10:27PM
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Bowed Psaltery


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I had the opportunity to play one last week ! so beautiful , I will check out Tish's site.
Sue Simms
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07/24/12 12:44:01PM
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Hey Judy, i have no doubt that you can build one. You must introduce me to this instrumment.

Sue Simms
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07/24/12 12:37:54PM
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Any banjo players out there?


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learning this old technique of Clawhammer and love it !