Dulcimer repair question
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When I replace my strings do they include the chenille wrap on the loop ends that looks like fly fishing wrap?
No, if you buy dulcimer string sets. I am not aware of any manufacturers who offer this.
Why did they wrap the loop end with chenille?
This is a feature of some banjo strings. The chenille was added to prevent overtones and the string rattling on the banjo tailpiece which is made of metal. Dulcimer players would buy banjo strings in the proper gauges to put on their dulcimers because they were loop end strings. This was before dulcimer string sets became readily available. Under tension dulcimer strings can eat in to the end of the fret board depending upon how they are attached and chenille my help prevent this.
If by chance you say new strings do not include chenille loop ends since that was done in the 70’s, then why not wrap them any more?
Banjos still have metal tailpieces. Again, I am not aware of dulcimer string sets that come with chenille wrap.
Do new steel strings stretch like ukulele strings after they’re installed?
No, steel string stretch, but not as much as nylon ukulele strings. After steel strings are brought up to the proper pitch, they will stretch a little and need to be tightened. Like other materials, steel is subject to expanding when hot and shrinking when cold, so changes in temperature will require tuning. So will changes in humidity as that effects the wood of the dulcimer.
You can purchase strings for you dulcimer from The Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View, Arkansas. They offer sets for DAA or DAd tunings.
I hope this helps you.
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