What's fer dinner?
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Dinner tonight includes my last three home grown tomatoes. It be six long months before the next tomato... Robert
One reason I avoid dulcimer clubs is I don't want to hear them say... Oh wow man you can't play with us because your not playing by the rules... Robert.
When I bought my first dulcimer back in 72 I knew absolutely nothing about how to play it. And nobody around then to show me. The instruction book said play on the melody string. And then showed all possible tunings (modes). So I played ND in all tunings and never looked back. I like playing ND in dad. I like the sound of that fifth string mixing with the D. And jumping to the A string extends the D scale. Don't be bullied, as long as the tune your playing sounds great that is all that matters... Robert.
Just polish with a good furniture wax. Oil might gunk up over time... Robert
Hello CD, if the fingerboard pulled away from the soundboard then clamp as Ken said. If the soundboard pulled away from the fingerboard, then clamping would warp the fingerboard. If its the latter then add a shim between them. Its a common problem with all dulcimers over time where the soundboard pulls away a little bit from the fingerboard, usually on one side. If your dulcimer plays well as is, then you might want to leave well enough alone. Wood is very fluid over time its all a part of getting old I guess... Robert.
Tomato season ended here November 10th. Longest season in my memory. Got mobbed by customers looking for their last real tomato until next summer. Even the greens went. Ill spend all of January cleaning up. In the mean time I'm sleeping late and learning new tunes... Robert.
A byproduct from building my banjos are the scraps from cutting rosewood fingerboards. Rosewood fingerboard blanks are 8mm thick. I can get many dulcimer bridges and nuts from the cutoffs. I cut an 8mm slot in the saddle at the scale mark and insert a rosewood bridge, set action then cut a straight bridge. If the dulcimer sound right I leave it. If not I cut another with compensation. 8mm leaves a lot of room for adjustments. Trial and error gets me to perfect intonation, at least with a given set of strings.
A problem I notice even with perfect intonation is the noter itself. I myself and ill bet most of you press too hard on the noter. This bends the notes, sharpening the melody. I don't get this with finger noting since I am in the habit of lightly touching the strings. Its a habit i'm trying to correct. I found using a thicker noter stick helps. Perhaps in the future I may go to a to a lower crown fret.
Tweaking the tuning sure helps I like to call it COMPENSATED TUNING. I agree with Ken, these are folk instruments but poor intonation should not be used as an excuse for poor workmanship. I have little use for electronic tuners, they are good to get you in the ball park so to speak but ultimately its your ear that must do the rest.
Also playing with a fiddler or banjo with your intonation a few cents off isn't going to matter much. Its when I play alone that it can drive me crazy.
A note about scrap wood, I never waste wood, to me its all precious. I got wood that I've saved since I was 10 years old. Especially rosewood and ebony, I even try to save the sawdust. Never know when I'll need it.
This has been a very interesting discussion as is everything on FOTMD...Robert.
Here in south Jersey, summer and fall is all about tomato sandwiches. As of October 29th I'm still picking from the field. A day hardly go's by when someone comes to my stand to buy tomatoes without telling me their favorite tomato sandwich recipe. Although stuffed peppers are on my menu for now... Robert.
I like Walton brand of brass whistles. No tweaks, play great right out of the box. Too bad they don't make them is other keys besides D & C. For less than $15, you can't go wrong. I never played the $200 and up whistles but I'm sure it won't improve my playing anyway. Basically a whistle is a whistle,just a lot of fun on a low budget.
The thing that really blows me away is when I learn a tune and find myself fingering away without ever thinking about where my fingers are suppose to go. Its almost like I'm standing beside myself listening to another player... Robert.
Robert, I remember vividly a picture you posted of barrels of Jersey tomatoes with a dulcimer sitting on top.
Are you smoking Sutliff Buttered Rum?
My scale length is 28". It is for my "Ugly Stick" I just made. It is called "Ugly Stick" because I built an "Ugly Amp" to go with it.
here is another recording I made with this model... Robert
Hello, is this one still for sale ? It looks and sounds wonderful !