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Kusani
@kusani
03/07/20 06:30:10PM
127 posts

Hondo HD2 - peg problems, worn finish


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"You will need a very thin-bladed screwdriver though, so you don't strip the heads of those teenie screws."  Or you may need a very small phillips head screwdriver. 

 

Kusani
@kusani
12/24/19 02:05:52PM
127 posts

Dulcimer app


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You are welcome and Merry Christmas. 

Kusani
@kusani
12/24/19 01:29:04PM
127 posts

Dulcimer app


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Don, yes re the free version of PanoTuner

Kusani
@kusani
12/23/19 10:17:21PM
127 posts

Dulcimer app


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For what is worth, I just downloaded the PanoTuner and tested it against my Tune-It and they match each other dead on across the scale. Now there is little fear of forgetting my tuner as I always have the phone with me. dulcimer

Kusani
@kusani
12/14/19 07:00:31PM
127 posts



You are welcome. The hemostats will work just fine as well.  More specifically, after placing the loop over the pin, I gently close the loop with the pliers where it won't slip off the pin. 

Kusani
@kusani
12/14/19 06:29:55PM
127 posts



I use needle nose pliers to pinch my loops just bit so they don't come off the pins while restringing. 

 

Kusani
@kusani
12/14/19 03:56:23PM
127 posts



We schedule the updates on all our devices to take place automatically so it really isn't an inconvenience. And they really are not quite that often: Since the past few years,  Apple  has consistently released major  iOS Updates  every year around September. They also release incremental  updates  with critical bug fixes and  updates based upon the feedback every quarter (usually). As far as our smart phones go, we enjoy the fact we have our calendars, grocery lists, do it lists, diet programs, weather, maps, flashlight, compass, camera, photos, music, boarding passes, scan & go (for shopping), research tool (Google), wallet, shopping cards, and hearing aid controls all on small tool (smartphone) that fits snuggly in our pocket; and yes we use them as a phone also. Overall, the smart phone is an amazing device. HUG


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Kusani
@kusani
12/14/19 09:00:12AM
127 posts



Apple and their products are always a good 'debate' topic.  Yes they are pricy, and yes they upgrade too fast for my speed.  However, on the flip side I appreciate their attempts at leading, or at least keeping up, with the technology. For me it's a matter of just how much speed to do I actually need?  Right now, and for the foreseeable future, I don't need any more. Despite the obvious negatives, I am sticking with quality and reliability; for now at least. dulcimer

Kusani
@kusani
07/15/19 07:00:18PM
127 posts

Newby


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Welcome Steve, there are lots of great members in these forums. Harry

Kusani
@kusani
07/13/19 07:18:36PM
127 posts



Thank you!! I contribute a dulcimer every year to three live auction fund raiser events: Habitat for Humanity, Rescue Mission, and the Pink Gala. Now I can add a nice case, mine just arrived today, to each contribution. I feel it is a great value!


updated by @kusani: 07/13/19 07:19:13PM
Kusani
@kusani
05/16/19 08:59:30PM
127 posts

Problem With Buzzing Base String


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By slightly raising the string you have increased the tension ever so slightly which could cause it to be 'slightly' sharp down the entire fretboard. Retune that one string and see what happens. 

Kusani
@kusani
03/27/19 10:14:40AM
127 posts

Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?


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Debbie, thank you.  I do not have a website.  Building dulcimers is a primarily a hobby for me.  What you see is the second of my builds. About half of my builds are donated to local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Pink Gala. The rest of my builds are commissioned pieces simply generated by word of mouth.  Being this is a hobby, and I prefer not to work to deadlines, I don't promise a finish date but usually have them completed within a month or two. It is nice to be able to enjoy retirement at my own pace. Other posts of mine contain photos of some of my other builds; each one is a unique/custom build. 

 

Kusani
@kusani
03/11/19 08:17:37PM
127 posts

Dad tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

For what it's worth, I'm building an 18" vsl Octave dulcimer and Ron Ewing recommended, for DAD tuning, that I use 10, 14, and 20 ga. strings. I'll let you know who it works when I finish it. 

Kusani
@kusani
03/07/19 09:40:04PM
127 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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Thanks Bob. :)  I have some other requests involving tropicals so I need to be assured of quality finishes.  


updated by @kusani: 03/07/19 09:41:40PM
Kusani
@kusani
03/06/19 09:24:53PM
127 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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Thanks folks. I normally am asked by clients for walnut, maple, and/or cherry; sometimes cedar and others. The weight of this build was considerably heavier but it definately did not affect the sound in a negative manner what-so-ever. 

 

 

Kusani
@kusani
03/06/19 12:53:20PM
127 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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This commissioned piece was built of Rosewood, Bloodwood, and Satinwood; the wood was provided by the client. I found out, after the fact, that rosewood does not like polyurethane; should have googled it first.  However, was able to remove the poly and successfully replace with two coats of polish and all is well. dulcimer

 


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Kusani
@kusani
02/25/19 07:00:48PM
127 posts

Five strings?


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Steven, that is similar to the 6 strings I am asked to build at times.  The only difference is a single vs. double middle string. 

Kusani
@kusani
02/16/19 10:17:45AM
127 posts

To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?


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I totally agree with Ken.  I hollow all my fretboards to approx. 1/4" thick on the sides and top.  The hollow runs from the nut area and stops just short of the strum hollow. And, similar to John's suggestion, I also cut a wide slot in the soundboard under the entire fretboard.


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Kusani
@kusani
02/09/19 08:59:55PM
127 posts

Synthetic fretboard


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A canjo would not be appreciably affected by the heat.... no glued wood joints, only one string (easily tuned if needed), etc. Go ahead and make a nice one out of a single piece of wood, a can, one tuner, a few frets, nut and bridge, and one string and have fun. :)

Kusani
@kusani
01/25/19 08:49:05AM
127 posts

Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?


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Most of my work starts with 3/4 rough sawn lumber and I work it down from there with a combination of using my surfacer, resawing, and horizontal drum sander, and then hand sanders. Thanks Ken, I'll try to find those ED discussions.

Robert, I still use three thin cross braces but am going to try going to braces that don't go across the entire bottom.  Usually my bracing is only for support of the bottom and doesn't touch the top as I rely on the fret board for that support. I do hollow the fretboard to provide more 'open space' inside the instrument; minor addition but I believe every cubic inch helps. 

Kusani
@kusani
01/24/19 07:50:52PM
127 posts

Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?


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I did a search but nada....    so, the question is:  What effect does the thickness of the top and bottom of the instrument have on the length of sound sustain?  Secondly, what thicknesses do most of you prefer for your tops and bottoms?  Right now I am working at 1/8" to 1/10" but mostly 1/8". 


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Kusani
@kusani
01/18/19 10:40:09AM
127 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


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"Nobody Knows the Trouble I see" and/or "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley"

 

Kusani
@kusani
01/12/19 07:08:06PM
127 posts

My First String Change....Whew!!


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Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose pliers to close the loop end so it is just a pressure fit over the pin; it doesn't come off while restringing, but the capo is another good idea. 


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Kusani
@kusani
12/25/18 06:28:11PM
127 posts

Need Advice--Buying a New Dulcimer


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McSpadden is what I chose as my first and never regretted it.  It is now my loaner. 

Kusani
@kusani
11/17/18 05:15:25PM
127 posts

What do we call it?


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If my requests for commissioned, and donated to charities, dulcimers drops off, my other half will call them an 'excess'. lipssealed


updated by @kusani: 11/17/18 05:16:51PM
Kusani
@kusani
11/17/18 12:27:44PM
127 posts



Thank you all re the burl maple. I've built quite a few from that tree; as well as a variety of other products. The one in the photo is one of a set of two.


updated by @kusani: 11/17/18 12:29:03PM
Kusani
@kusani
11/17/18 10:15:46AM
127 posts



I believe I would chose one of my own builds, #7. It has a burl maple top, walnut/maple back, and walnut sides. The wood is from trees I cut several years ago. 

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Kusani
@kusani
11/16/18 06:07:14PM
127 posts

Three Strings or Four ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I believe it's your option.  If if it were me, I would remove the inside melody string.  Inside, meaning the one next to the middle string. 


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Kusani
@kusani
10/23/18 08:47:15AM
127 posts

Buying a used McSpadden questions


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When I use the term 'traditional' I am only referring to the folks in Appalachia and building their mountain dulcimers. The first standard sheets of plywood were not introduced in the U.S. until around 1928 for general building construction. I doubt they were available for building instruments (dulcimers) in those remote geographical areas until later years. This is not a commentary on the quality of sound of plywood, just an observation of what may be traditional and more contemporary. dulcimer


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Kusani
@kusani
10/22/18 08:13:34PM
127 posts

Buying a used McSpadden questions


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I was just surprised as I have always thought of him as wishing to pay tribute to the more traditional dulcimer lore. 

 

Kusani
@kusani
10/22/18 08:03:30PM
127 posts

Buying a used McSpadden questions


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Ken, do you know why Schnauffer requested laminates for side/back?

Kusani
@kusani
09/29/18 08:44:32AM
127 posts

Guitar Strings?


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Opinions vary on the plain steel, many of us do not like the 'squeak' you get from the wound strings. I don't. There are 'squeakless' base strings that are some what better; but I still prefer plain strings. Try both and see which you prefer. There is no 'right' way on this one. dulcimer


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Kusani
@kusani
09/20/18 11:14:35PM
127 posts

Sound Hole Placement


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Dulci Clan, welcome to the forum!  We have all been where you are in terms of 'starting from scratch'. In fact, I only got into building dulcimers a bit less than 3 years ago.  Fortunately, being retired which means I have a lot of time to devote to the craft; plus having a professional background in several trades, it has greatly shortened my learning curve.  However, it has been with the tremendous help from members of this forum that I have reached the point I now do a few commissioned pieces as well as annually supporting 3 charities' fundraising auctions through the donations of my builds. 

But, in the process of going through the learning curve, which I know will never be completed, I have had to ask what many might consider 'silly' or 'stupid' questions. Fortunately most of the members here were, are still, very patient and kind and want to assist. 

In short, again, welcome and don't hold back with questions.  Also, I spent hours and hours going through old threads on the multitude of topics already discussed or being discussed. They answered many questions before me having to post them here.

As suggested, relax, it's as much an art as science and many of us learn by what doesn't work as much as what does work; but we try to keep mistakes to a minimum. And, we can learn a lot from others mistakes. dulcimer


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Kusani
@kusani
09/18/18 06:03:07PM
127 posts

Sound Hole Placement


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Didn't Ken at one time recommend total area of the sound holes be about the equivalent to the area of four quarters, or was it two? Presently I am working with the 4 quarter equivalent and the instruments have a very good sound; my customers are very pleased. 


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Kusani
@kusani
08/29/18 08:58:55PM
127 posts

Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Interesting, in that in another topic we have a discussion about 'tradition'.  Yes, some traditions never change and some do over time. ⌛️

Kusani
@kusani
08/29/18 08:34:10PM
127 posts

How do you store your dulcimers?


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I use one wall in our living room and in my office I use single and double folding stands I make myself. 

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