Hello Everyone! I am new here and to the dulcimer. My husband and I have finally gotten new strings on my 'new to me dulcimer'--with out breaking them. We broke two of the earlier set. We also had to go ahead and purchase geared tuners, and put the friction pegs safely away until I get better. We have NOT altered the original peg holes in the peg head in any way. We refuse to damage or alter a vintage instrument in any way.
For those that don't know, my Christmas gift was a vintage 1975 Lucky Diamond Dulcimer with beautiful friction pegs. We tried, and tried, but Mr. Salt Spring's suggestions about peg dressing failed to help. So we decided to put the beautiful original pegs away until I learn more. Otherwise, I could not even begin. Now, I have mastered three or four of the first lessons and can even do scales. Now, I can practice, and do scales. With my piano background, I can experiment and try other things not in the book! Yea!!
Thank you everyone and have a very Happy New Year!!!