String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound
Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions
The advice to Jane was just what I needed to read because I'm champing at the bit to get a new dulcimer and was ready to call a builder in my area to set up an appointment to try out his instruments. My dulcimer was made in '87 by someone who built as a hobby. The action is high and probably is meant to be played with a noter, which is how I started. I belong to a group in Berea, KY and the leader has brought 3 of her dulcimers for me to play--Folkcraft, Blue Lion and McSpadden. I, too, want a warmer, mellower sound and so far found it in the McSpadden. But I want to buy an instrument I can try out before I buy.
The length on my dulcimer from nut to bridge is 27" and I feel like I'm scrunching to reach the 9th and 10th frets. I am an average size woman with small hands. I know what I want in sound but am confused by some of the language when I've done research. What is considered a starter or beginner dulcimer? McSpadden's website refers to "bridge compensation option" if you want to play in DAD. What's that?
I was planning to wait until the Ohio Valley Gathering in Feb. in hopes of trying out several instruments. What other things should I look for? Dulcinina from the Beginner Group.