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Kusani
@kusani
04/17/21 06:58:51PM
134 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Dusty, we are in the same situation. We had our first 'in house' company' last night.  All had their shots and we had a great time.  It is good being able to re-establish person to person contact with little fear. 

Kusani
@kusani
03/10/21 09:06:03PM
134 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Being from Tennessee I, also, just had to made a Tennessee Music Box.  dulcimer   It was a fun project and have been asked to demo it on a few occasions.  

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Kusani
@kusani
02/15/21 06:15:09PM
134 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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My wife lost one of her brothers last week due to complications caused by Covid.  Please use all recommended precautions and be safe!  Unfortunately we live in a state, Tn.,  where the govt. officials have not taken the virus seriously. :( 


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Kusani
@kusani
02/05/21 09:44:14AM
134 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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My wife and I had minimal reactions; some what of a sore arm for a day and a bit of fatigue for a couple of days. Other than that all went well. Hopefully the reactions will be mild for the majority. 

Kusani
@kusani
02/04/21 10:36:52AM
134 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Thank you Ken, I just wish I had thought of the other variable you brought up re the internal volume.  However even if I had, I don't have the math skills to calculate the volume of either of the two shapes.   Anyway, both do sound pretty good to an amateur's ears. :) 


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Kusani
@kusani
02/01/21 08:36:55PM
134 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Well, my experiment on body shape affecting sound went awry do to me forgetting one important variable.  However, I did end up with a couple decent dulcimers. Both made from the same poplar board. Ebony was used for the overlay on the fretboard. Other than shape, all components and dimensions are identical. 


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Kusani
@kusani
02/01/21 08:15:23PM
134 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Kusani:

It is a vicious disease as all of you know.  We are doing alright; many have suffered more than us. We just ask everyone follow the recommended procedures so we get through this asap. Our biggest frustration is all the 'deniers' out there that feel it is 'all about them and their freedom' and don't understand they have a responsibility to protect everyone; themselves included.  

Kusani
@kusani
02/01/21 06:27:53PM
134 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Last March my wife's youngest brother was the first Covid patient admitted to Vanderbilt hospital in Tn. and put on a ventilator; he survived and is doing 'ok'.  Her oldest brother passed away yesterday from Covid in Alabama. And, no we can't attend the service. We just got our second round of shots. 

Kusani
@kusani
01/28/21 09:14:58AM
134 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Opps, Ken you are exactly correct!  Oh well, it's been fun building them; especially since we were not able to go Florida this month. whistle

Kusani
@kusani
01/27/21 06:07:28PM
134 posts

What Are You Working On?


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I'm close to finishing an 'experiment'; building two identical dulcimers with the exception of the shape of the body.  They are even out of the same board. The reason is to see if I can hear a significant tone difference. I'll post results and pictures when finished. musicdulcimer

Kusani
@kusani
12/09/20 09:42:17PM
134 posts

Can anyone tell me about John Maxwell Dulcimers.


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Just for clarification: Tennessee Tech's  Appalachian Center  for  Crafts are not the same.  Maxwell's Craft center was privately owned and preceded the Appalachian Center for Crafts.  I do own one of his dulcimers, and live in Cookeville, Tn. where he had his shop and his dulcimers were built; made primarily for the tourist trade but overall not a bad instrument.  The wooden pegs are a pain to keep in tune however. 

Kusani
@kusani
11/10/20 01:13:10PM
134 posts

Type of dulcimer wall hanger


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I just use traditional, stylish, wall hooks and a large loop of leather lacing placed over the head and then on the hook. 

Kusani
@kusani
10/30/20 09:37:14PM
134 posts

Do I really need an ebony fretboard? Talk me out of it!


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I use a thin layer of Ebony, 1/8 to 3/16", when the fretboard material is a relatively soft wood such as cedar, or popular. It helps me feel comfortable the frets will stay embedded and does add a nice contrast to the parent woods (if you like that sort of thing). dulcimer


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Kusani
@kusani
10/01/20 07:59:35PM
134 posts

I am a study in inconsistancy


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My warmups are: Kumbaya, and This Land is My Land....  :)  They put me in a good mood.


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Kusani
@kusani
08/10/20 01:13:01PM
134 posts

Dulcimer sales in 2020


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Well thank you.  It has a great tone, and I have a request to build another; not for charity. 


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Kusani
@kusani
08/09/20 09:38:28PM
134 posts

Dulcimer sales in 2020


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I'm still making a few to donate to charity auctions in our area. The cedar, with ebony overlay on the fretboard, went in an auction that closed last Friday. 


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Kusani
@kusani
05/29/20 07:30:01PM
134 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


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My grandkids love the following, sung to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb:  Bunny rabbits have no tails, have no tails; Bunny rabbits have no tails, they use powder puffs;  Same song, Second Verse... Bunny Rabbits have no tails, etc.   

No, doesn't make any sense but the kids love it. :)  Like, 99 bottles of beer on the wall....etc. :)

 

Kusani
@kusani
03/07/20 06:30:10PM
134 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
12/14/19 07:00:31PM
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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!


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Kusani
@kusani
05/16/19 08:59:30PM
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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.  


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Kusani
@kusani
03/06/19 09:24:53PM
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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
134 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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