John Tignor dulcimer rework
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Dan, the existing holes were carefully tapered with a violin reamer, and the new pegs shaved to fit with a violin peg shaver. Ken, I think they are old banjo planetary tuners, as you said. Jim, the planetary tuners were installed slightly cockeyed, with large external-tooth lockwashers. I'm quite sure that John Tignor originally equipped his dulcimers with the walnut pegs I reproduced here. And whoever restrung this dulcimer put 3 wound steel strings on it. When the correct strings were mounted, the action was very high throughout. The string spacing is consistent with the old J. E. Thomas and Amburgey noter/drone dulcimers. They put the drones close together, at the far side of the fretboard, so it would be easier to play the melody string alone.