Dulcimer sales in 2020
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Well thank you. It has a great tone, and I have a request to build another; not for charity.
updated by @kusani: 08/10/20 02:37:16PM
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. :)
"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.
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.
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.
Welcome Steve, there are lots of great members in these forums. Harry
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!
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.
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.
Thanks Bob. :) I have some other requests involving tropicals so I need to be assured of quality finishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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".
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I see" and/or "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley"
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.
McSpadden is what I chose as my first and never regretted it. It is now my loaner.
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.
I was just surprised as I have always thought of him as wishing to pay tribute to the more traditional dulcimer lore.
Ken, do you know why Schnauffer requested laminates for side/back?
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.
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.