Thanks for all the kind words!
Susie, I would love to go the Evart, but someone else already requested that weekend off. I’ll have to ask, since generally, only one of us are allowed vacation at a time.
I’ve read your pdf’s Ken, every helpful to a newbie like me, thanks!
It’s going to be a while before I play any events, though I could see how dulcimer music would be really nice during our tree lighting/rememberance ceremony.
On another note, I got my second-hand cardboard dulcimer today, three days earlier then expected! I’m going to have fun with it this weekend. I already managed to break one string trying different tunings, lucky I bought a pack on my way home. DAc sounds pretty cool, I really dig it, though I better stick with DAa for now.
Anyhooo, it’s an ugly cuss, painted brown cardboard, the neck is pretty rough cut with no strum area scooped out, but the fretting is pretty good according to my tuner, so that’s all that matters right now. There is no fretboard, it’s just a plank with frets pressed into it. I guess I’ll name it Plank. It’s a lot of fun, and my dogs enjoy it a lot more than my penny whistles. Probably the best 27 bucks I spent in a long time.
I don’t know if I’d bother putting this neck on a better body, but who knows, I’ve got cigar boxes laying around, and a huge exotic wood warehouse is a few blocks from where I work, Bell Forest Products. They have instrument quality fretboard wood and neck wood all ready to go. They also got this huge pile of the coolest scrap wood they sell by the pound, so I might go crazy and try to make a proper box body for Plank and shoot some roofing staples under the melody string to get some of the frets it’s missing (no 6.5 fret). I certainly can’t make a worse box than the cardboard box it’s currently made from.
I’m already very fond of Plank, I think a box upgrade is in the future.
Enjoy your weekend, Lisa