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Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/15/14 09:03:45AM
17 posts

Why do they measure fret positions from nut to fret?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you everyone for weighing in on this question. I was just curious is all.

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Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/15/14 07:43:51AM
17 posts

Why do they measure fret positions from nut to fret?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I did say at the beginning that it was probably a stupid question, filled with a lot of false supposition/assumption. Thank you for your detailed response Robin.

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Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/14/14 10:41:58PM
17 posts

Why do they measure fret positions from nut to fret?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Kenneth W. Longfield said:

The nut is a fixed position while the bridge is not. I know, the bridge is in a slot on my dulcimer's fret board so it must be a fixed position. The ideal placement of the bridge is "theoretical" in that other factors come in to play, e.g. the thickness of the strings, string height, etc. This is why some bridges are "compensated" or angled to insure proper intonation. So measure from the fixed position, not from the moveable.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Thank you for your reply Ken. I'm guessing that the nut could be "compensated" as well as the bridge. Even so, it still seems to me, that the most accurate way to set fret positions, would be from the bridge, as the length of the vibrating string determines the frequency of sound produced and whether a note played from a set fret position is in tune or not.

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"Still waiting for the sweet song."

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/14/14 03:20:58PM
17 posts

Why do they measure fret positions from nut to fret?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is probably another stupid question by me, but here goes anyway.

The distance between the fret and the bridge determines the sound that a particular string will make. When a fretboard is made however, they measure from nut to fret, which seems to me that is less accurate than from fret to bridge. Why do they do it this way?


updated by @brian-beach: 06/11/15 07:40:42AM
Brian Beach
@brian-beach
07/10/14 11:52:27AM
17 posts

Which is Better, a 3 or a 4 Stringed Dulcimer?


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Brian G. said:

Define "better", please.

Brian Beach said:

I'll try this again:

Which is better:

A: 3 string dulcimer

B: 4 string dulcimer

Pick only one answer.

Sorry it's taken me so long to answer your question. I guess it pretty much depends on personal preference, as there is no one good answer that satisfies everyone. Many seem to like 3 strings fine, while others like the 4 string option, and others go with 6 strings, so it's not about what's best, but what works best for each player.

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Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/13/14 05:51:10AM
17 posts

Which is Better, a 3 or a 4 Stringed Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll try this again:

Which is better:

A: 3 string dulcimer

B: 4 string dulcimer

Pick only one answer.

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/12/14 05:12:51PM
17 posts

Which is Better, a 3 or a 4 Stringed Dulcimer?


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This will give you all a chance to weigh in with your opinion on this topic. Since I'm waiting to finish building my first ever playable dulcimer, I have nothing at this point to base an opinion on. How about you? Thanks!


updated by @brian-beach: 04/13/18 02:50:08PM
Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/08/14 08:05:06AM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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Just got the bottom to glue on yet. Don't anticipate any problem with that. I don't like top sound holes as they're too large, but Folkcraft has some Celtic rosettes that might work to cover the large holes. We'll see I guess. Live n' learn.

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/07/14 04:10:31PM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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Oops! My bad. The instructions DID say something about not putting a nail in the strum channel. I Need to pay better attention to things. Stay tuned for further developments. ( The top has been glued to the sides, and weighted down with several books. 2 hour minimum drying time. )

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/07/14 02:29:24PM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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I'm getting quite frustrated with this project. At first I was going to make the sound holes in the upper bout the size of a nickle, but then decided to go to the maximum quarter size. Bad idea. I drilled the hole out (badly) with a series of small holes, and wound up having to sand it quite a bit to make it more round. The holes are now too big! I decided to can the idea for a fish shaped lower sound hole, and just drilled a larger hole, and two smaller ones in line.

Next I set up to assemble the top, with the nails provided. The instructions said to use a small drill hole to make putting the nails in easier. That didn't work very well. Also, I drilled a hole all the way through the strum channel. The instructions didn't warn me about this.

It will get done eventually, but probably won't be as nice as anticipated. So much for living room construction.

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
06/06/14 03:05:15PM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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I messed up big this morning starting out. Step 1: gluing the heel cap to the tail block. Had it glued, waited two hours, and guess what? The wood grain on the heel cap was going the wrong way! So I soaked it in hot water for about an hour, used a chisel to pry them away from each other, then got started over again. All told, about 3 hours lost, that could have been put to more productive use.

Since then, I've gotten the sides glued , and things are looking promising.

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
05/31/14 07:31:45PM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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Kenneth W. Longfield said:

Great news Brian. If you need any help as you work on your kit, let us know. I, too, have built a couple of their kits.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

I hear their kits are excellent, so I would assume their building instructions are great also. I really don't anticipate any problems, as I've already checked the postings for dulcimer building. It's gonna be fun!

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
05/31/14 07:22:06PM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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Susie said:

They are a great company. Looking forward to seeing your project all done.

Me too!

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
05/31/14 06:41:46AM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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I'm actually stunned that their deliveries are so fast, ( as advertised ). Seems like that with most places I order through the mail generally have about a six week waiting period, if not longer. Kudos to you Folkcraft. I bet the quality will be as good as everyone says it is too!

Brian Beach
@brian-beach
05/31/14 02:46:17AM
17 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


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I just got a confirmation email, that my black walnut traditional hourglass dulcimer kit should arrive by June 5th, if not sooner! I am so excited about this. It will be a dream come true. That is something that hasn't happened in a long while. I will keep you informed, as my project progresses.


updated by @brian-beach: 03/03/19 07:40:54AM