David Honea dulcimer with bag and strap $160, free shipping!
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Wow, she looks really good! As a simple, temporary fix, you could loosen the strings and place a little slice of good grade of paper in the nut and see whether that fixes your buzzing. If it doesn't, you may just need another string gauge. (I'm not a luthier so my advice is just that of a strummer.)
I did a few different searches and knew what I wasn't looking for (McNally, Merlin, etc.) in the way of a strum stick.
EDIT: Funny, until seeing your reply to me, I hadn't seen the photo with the stamp on the headstock-- I missed a few of the photos.
*Note the mention of maker's initials at the tuners.
Curious. I wish I had a clue as to who was the maker, David. What jumps to mind, though, is the maker had some sort of banjo tail piece in mind when they they did the tail on the mountain dulcimer.
That metal piece surely is distinctive-- thanks for the photo! I can't help but wonder whether under this metal piece is where the original string anchors were located and the metal piece was added after the original string anchors failed some way.
I buy metal loop or ball end strings, depending on the design of the tail of the dulcimer. Just get an appropriate gauge and you're good to go!
Some have experimented with gut/nylon strings with mixed results.
What a great interview with Paul! It is hard to imagine he could not have Dulcimer Acquisition Disorder given the genetics on his father's side. haha (Paul's dad has had a musical influence on me though I'll never be able to do half of what John Henry does!)
Thanks for sharing the interview-- a delight to see!
Thanks for this interview-- I had familiarity with neither Tony nor his music! Also, Tony mentions Kim Lowings and I know she has been a member here at FOTMD though am not sure whether she still has a page here or not. The Appalachian dulcimer is alive and well far from the Appalachians! :)
I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the fingerboard! Perhaps tied frets with Nylagut strings? Fretless is darn cool, too.
What a wonderful idea, Ariane! Mark & I look forward to participating. <3
PS- Some of the very best tunes are the simple ones. I'm not a "technical" player so simple tunes work well for me.
If life allows, it'd be fun to go to Chillicothe and try to find any early instrument(s) Chet Hines built. (I have deep family roots in Ross County, Ohio.)
It seemed to me the OP was referring to the strings closest to the body as "upper strings" of the equidistant strings because he clearly asked whether they were played together as if they were close together (as some melody strings are doubled).
I've enjoyed all the postings of PMOTPD!
That matching possum board looks so good-- nicely done, John! The new owner is, indeed, fortunate.