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Dan
@dan
01/10/21 12:28:45PM
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Hollow or solid fret boards


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I like to rough the staple board and let it set in the shop for about a year, you will know if it's going to have any movement in it by then. I too relieve the bottom with a forstner bit.

Dan
@dan
12/11/20 05:39:06PM
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Can anyone tell me about John Maxwell Dulcimers.


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Maxwell was friends with John Rice Irwin.He did a lot of work on the music display @ the Museum Of Appalachia in Norris Tennessee. There are several pieces of his displayed.

Dan
@dan
11/27/20 05:20:26AM
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Curved back dulcimers


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Bill Robison:

Thanks Dan, the soak and heat  process was in my mind.  Did you notice any advantages to the curved back other than looks?

 

Yes they are pretty, but I couldn't distinguish any tonal quality changes. The center of the jig is "proud" of the frame, when you tighten the bolts it bends the panel into place. Wetting the panel in hot water in the bathtub, then using a hot air gun whilst torturing the panel in the jig. Hope this helps, always fun to experiment!


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Dan
@dan
11/26/20 04:42:59AM
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Curved back dulcimers


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I did a few Virginia pieces years ago, there didn't seem to be any interest in them then. I wet the panel and placed it in a clamping jig drawing it to shape with the help of a heat gun. I let them dry for a few days and it worked quite well. Mike Slone and Kevin Messenger were gifted the pieces in Hindman that year.

Dan
@dan
08/10/20 05:29:53PM
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Truss Rods?


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"That makes sense. I am fascinated that there are well preserved dulcimers that old! Do you know where I could find visuals, recordings, or anything like that of dulcimers of that era?"

Dan
@dan
08/10/20 02:56:48PM
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Truss Rods?


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I've played several traditional pieces well over one hundred years old and no warping issues! The zither is a very different animal than the lute, requiring very different approaches to design.The truss use came about with the introduction of steel strings cir. 1830's ish for the guitars? I don't know of any one using truss rods for dulcimer traditional or contemporary. I'm sure some one has tried about every thing......

Dan
@dan
08/07/20 05:32:41PM
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Dulcimer sales in 2020


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Less sales, I think folks are holding on to their money for good reason. I'm still active in the Dulcimore Den, just working on my own projects!

Dan
@dan
07/09/20 03:01:23PM
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Size of Soundbox and Loudness


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NateBuildsToys:
Dan:

I'm going to suggest a large Galax with heavy strings drawn up tighter than a banjo.......like a MawHee on steroids?



Hello Dan. Does 'galax' mean a dulcimer with a 'false bottom' or 'possum board?' Or is it the wide oblong shape that denotes a galax? I do not have access to any means to curve wood into the shape of traditional dulcimers such as a lozenge dulcimer, however if you are referring to the false bottom, I have been adding these with noticeable benefit!
Thanks, 
Nate

Like KenH said, elliptical, deep body and false bottom. (Built in possum board) I also put feet on the bottom of my false bottoms! I may look into one of these... just have to figure out what to call it?
updated by @dan: 07/09/20 03:19:19PM
Dan
@dan
07/05/20 07:48:42PM
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Unknown maker


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I saw that piece and thought it was quite interesting. (Still do!) There are a lot of pieces out there that were made one off. If the maker didn't sign it, we may never know?


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Dan
@dan
06/30/20 07:14:26PM
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Size of Soundbox and Loudness


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I'm going to suggest a large Galax with heavy strings drawn up tighter than a banjo.......like a Mahhee in steroids?

Dan
@dan
06/27/20 07:09:39PM
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A bit of "our" humor


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...and my favorite, Locrian!

Dan
@dan
05/03/20 12:33:16PM
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Is the strumhollow redundant?


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Not really needed. I make my staple boards with them on the Kentucky pieces because the old masters did. Like Bobby said, we strum about staple 14, a few inches beyond the hollow.


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Dan
@dan
05/02/20 05:58:28PM
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What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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Hobbyhorse:

The wheel fiddle looks really nice Dan .... was it built to a specific plan?

No, just my own design, "keep it simple" two string, ten key.

Dan
@dan
05/02/20 04:13:38PM
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What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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Wheel fiddle I made out in the shop a short time ago, been working on an embellished Go Tell Aunt Rhody because it is an easy tune.


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Dan
@dan
03/25/20 06:25:02AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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The CEO is buying us lunch today!!!

Dan
@dan
03/18/20 06:13:35AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I work at a Medical Supply Distributor and when face shields or goggles come in we all stop, process them and right out the door they go! Other than that, blessed to be in the right job at the right time.

Dan
@dan
01/07/20 05:27:08PM
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This is the guy I deal with for wooden pegs...

http://www.violinwoodworkshop.com/violin-pegs.html

Dan
@dan
01/05/20 11:49:23AM
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North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention


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“We sometimes say they’ve taken out all the wrong notes, because it does not have all the sharps, flats, all the keys that a piano has, but we have enough notes to play in a particular key and play a song without hitting too many wrong notes,” Johnston said.

I love it!

Dan
@dan
11/30/19 06:51:47AM
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John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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Irene showed us how to do this @ the Berea Gathering!

Dan
@dan
10/28/19 05:21:18AM
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Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


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Don Grundy: Does Don Pedi basically play the melody string?

Yes.

Dan
@dan
10/05/19 06:32:54PM
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Care Advice Sought for 2 Really Old Instruments:


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I clean with distilled water, gently wiping with a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt) and Q-tips. Dry air is not good for any instrument so some sort of humidifier would be good. Making them playable would have to be determined by a luthier, depending on whether "you" are O.K. with altering them from an original state, maybe museum pieces?

Dan
@dan
09/07/19 07:06:39AM
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Conversation with John Crocker


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Our beloved John Henry, thank you for sharing!!!

Dan
@dan
07/20/19 06:15:54PM
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Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker


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Robin Thompson:

I greatly enjoyed this interview with my young friend Hunter Walker.  I think Hunter was thirteen or fourteen when we met in-person at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston WV.  (First, we met online at Everything Dulcimer.) 


https://oldtime-central.com/hunter-walker-interview-and-tunes/?fbclid=IwAR14EmV-UdiLOUmVbW9iAbZeY3OHplP4u1noyl-wdja6yu0qQ-XCK3hWEb8



Can't find credit for the young lady with him?

Dan
@dan
07/15/19 08:23:16PM
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I get my blanks off ebay,  bone blanks

Dan
@dan
07/13/19 07:02:12AM
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Ebony versus Micarta Fretboard on McSpadden Dulcimer


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You are right @dusty-turtle, it will catch on and you will be able to order any color you want. I suspect any more than an overlay would start inherent problems with tonal qualities, but less is more! IMHO

Dan
@dan
05/23/19 03:57:20PM
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Berea Gathering Attendees


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Ken Longfield:

It's on my calendar for 2020. I will not schedule any overseas trips near the date again. Originally my trip to Italy was to start on May1, but the tour company had to move the starting date to May 8 which meant coming back on May 19 rather than May 12. Had the original schedule worked I would have arrived home on Sunday and left for Berea on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to next year.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Wonderful to hear this Ken, we have you scheduled to teach the History class next Gathering!

Dan
@dan
05/23/19 06:49:08AM
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Marvin Hilla dulcimer


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I've heard the name, but don't know any thing about him. Google only had his Obit and it list him as a guitar maker?

https://www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com/obituary/3012647

Sorry I can't be more help.

Dan
@dan
05/01/19 07:01:39PM
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2019 Dulcimer Exhibit Jonesborough TN


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David Bennett:

The first link says the exhibit features dulcimers made by Ernest Combs. I'm not familiar with this luthier. I could be wrong but from this bio he didn't seem very passionate about dulcimers


https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/artist/ernest-combs/


Still there is probably more to the exhibit and either way I am glad they are even doing a dulcimer exhibit.



I believe he made about 7 of them, no not a passion....

Dan
@dan
04/16/19 06:47:06AM
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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Update


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Various operating system securities won't allow some forms to be completed. Simply email your name and address to

  berea.traditional.gathering@gmail.com

and we'll add you to the list!

Dan
@dan
03/27/19 07:39:42PM
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Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?


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I don't measure! I "feel of" the wood panel as I'm thickness sanding to the right thickness. Flexing the panel and from experience knowing the right mass I'm looking for for a particular tone. Harder denser woods can be sanded much thinner than a softer less dense piece.

As for sustain? Panel thickness is just one variable factor in a multitude of factors involved. String selection, nut and bridge hardness or softness, nut and bridge placement, over all mass of the piece, wood selection, possibly the finish, intonation, and so on.

If sustain is what you look for, I'd try harder more dense woods sanded to around .090 if you can, harder nut and bridge, and possibly a zero fret?

Some place to start....

Dan
@dan
03/24/19 07:42:37AM
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Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made


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Yes I know all too well about "ideas" gettin' in my head, I got a fire barrel chop full of great ones.... Wonderful work John, I'll play you a door chime folk tune at the Gathering!

Dan
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03/18/19 02:27:04PM
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Ruth Randle


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So sorry for your loss Patty......

Dan
@dan
03/06/19 08:14:46PM
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Synthetic fretboard


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I've ordered a piece of 6061 aluminum bar stock. I'm going to put together a prototype extreme dulcimer, (ED) this weekend.

Dan
@dan
02/09/19 06:18:51PM
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Synthetic fretboard


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Lisa, the old style traditional pieces with oil or shellac finishes hold up pretty good in the cold, but I don't know of anything that will be good in the heat. String tension against most plastics will win out in the extreme heat of a car.....maybe aluminum?

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