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Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
10/28/21 11:12:31AM
23 posts

Deluxe Whistlepig Hogfiddle for sale (SOLD)


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Price is on sale for $300 + shipping.

My other photos are too big too attach but if you're interested I can send them to you.

I previously had this one priced at $450 but I've had it for a while and need to move it plus I need to pay my property taxes. So this is a Deluxe version at the standard version price.

This is my Whistlepig Hogfiddle Dulcimore. Except this is a Deluxe version which I'll describe below.

It's only around 26-1/2 inches long and 6 inches wide.

It has a 19 inch VSL.

Around 1 inch tall fretboard to aid in playing noter/drone style.

The frets are placed using the Pythagorean temperament scale.

15 frets made of phosphor bronze.

It has a hand cut, annealed and shaped copper tail plate. The screws holding the tailplate are brass, and the string anchor nails are brass. 

It also features a copper nut and bridge.

Hand made tuning pegs made from Persimmon.

A Sassafras diamond inlay in the fretboard.

Tuning is Unison ggg (4th octave) but will include and extra .017 bass string in case you wish to tune it in Ionian mode cgg.

The strings are .010 steel music wire.

It's made from curly Tiger Maple with a Sassafras soundboard.

It has fiddle edges. 

It has 3 feet on the bottom to elevate it for more volume if laying it on a table or stand rather than your lap.

It was stained with a homemade stain made by dissolving iron in vinegar and applied before the hand sanding began. This contributes to the worn/aged look. Then finished with 7 coats of boiled linseed oil sanded between coats and topped off with a final coat of Danish Oil. The finish was allowed to dry and then buffed for days with 0000 steel wool leaving a natural medium gloss. This dulcimore will only get more beautiful as it ages!

Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
10/04/21 06:34:13PM
23 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Flat tire on the bike today so I hiked 7 miles. Perfect temperature for hiking. My joints can definitely tell it this evening. 

Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
10/02/21 02:59:47PM
23 posts

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Thanks Robin and Lisa!

Yeah Lisa it's a fatbike. More suited for off-road but I didn't have time to go to the mountain today.

Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
10/02/21 12:27:16PM
23 posts

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5 miles of mind therapy this morning, (or breakup therapy to be more precise). And of course exercise.

2.5 miles uphill grade and a coast back home.


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Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
12/18/20 03:09:59PM
23 posts

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My first dulcimer friend. Mysteriously I received his book and accompanying CD in the mail today. If it was from someone here you don't know what it means to me. ❤️
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
05/16/20 12:05:39PM
23 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

TTAD started December 8 2018 from a small traditional dulcimore builders group that had been on Google+ since around 2012. When Google+ closed we decided to go with a website.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
05/03/20 12:29:03PM
23 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I have no use for strum hollows. I build traditional Virginia dulcimores and they didn't have them is one reason. The other reason is I never strum there so there's no sense in going through the extra work to add one if I don't strum there. 
However I think a lot of fingerpickers do use the strum hollow area. So I reckon it would come in handy for them.

Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
09/26/19 07:34:58AM
23 posts



I would think it is fixable. You're just gonna have to determine a way to put a dip in the fretboard instead of a hump.
Most dulcimers with a full length fretboard will keep relief, or a dip in the fretboard under tension due to string tension. The problem with this style fretboard is the partial length transfers the tension it's getting from the strings to the soundboard and sides and it will sometimes make the problem worse because the tension will tend to lift the rear end of the fretboard.
You'll likely need to pull the frets and use a hand plane or handheld sander to remove some material to make a dip, or some sandpaper and elbow grease and time.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
08/11/19 11:12:05AM
23 posts

Dulcimer tuning problem


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

When we were at the Berea Gathering Warren mentioned he uses a custom intonation, but he also now uses a floating bridge so you can move it to compensate for Dad. From the photo it appears yours has a fixed bridge. But like you've already figured out, it was likely set up for Daa.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
07/13/19 08:19:41PM
23 posts

Ebony versus Micarta Fretboard on McSpadden Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I wouldn't want it on one of my dulcimores, but I have been thinking about making some blue jean micarta for the fretboard of a mandolin I'm slowly getting finished.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
06/16/19 07:40:17PM
23 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Thanks everyone. I usually just increase as my legs and feet allow. Having a bit of paralysis in my legs sometimes I have to cut the day short, sometimes I surprise myself. But I'll take it slow and easy.
Mountains, mud and rocks here @robert-schuler .
When I was up to 10 miles a day I had a road bike rider go with me on a 7 mile ride. He ain't been back. Lol!
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
06/16/19 07:10:26PM
23 posts

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Two miles on the fatbike today. Had to push about 1/4 mile of it. I'll gradually increase by about 1/2 mile per day until I get back to 8 to 10 miles.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
06/14/19 11:36:19AM
23 posts

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I'm going to have to get back to riding my fatbike. Been a while and I miss it.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
04/29/19 02:41:32PM
23 posts

Preferred String Tension


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm probably the odd man out here. I hate the feel of loose feeling strings. If I'm chording 15# tension feels ok but playing noter/drone I prefer 17-20# tension. 
But I also have different dulcimers for different tunings so the string tension stays pretty much the same on all of them.

Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
04/15/19 10:26:16AM
23 posts

Dulcimer-Guitar Style Options?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Thanks for the plug Ken. Unfortunately I'm not building the Strumdrop American Cittern at this time. In my few years absence from building I have lost my jig/form for building them and haven't got around to making another.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
09/27/18 01:03:54PM
23 posts

Guitar Strings?


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Along the lines of what Ken and Dusty said....... I figure most dulcimers would benefit from a custom string set instead of a generic set.
Different scale lengths are a major factor and then some we all have our favorite string tension. And as you also learned we all have a preferred tone we like.
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers
06/21/15 11:26:24PM
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