$10 Dulcimer Stand Conversion Project
My dulcimers weren't working without altering the top "neck support", even fully extended. So, that's why my husband worked on that part for me. As far as the cradle part, I wanted to do a support that didn't have any stretch. Plus, I don't mind sewing projects. Thanks for the compliment on my project. I wanted a stand that would look nice and work with all my dulcimers. I have had people ask if it was bought that way (specifically for dulcimers). So, it must appear to be nicely converted, to some degree.
Helen--what a clever idea! I read what you wrote to my husband and he added, "And the wool is probably good for the wood", since he knows you have to be careful about what is touching the dulcimer when you are storing it or displaying it.
Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
updated by @jan-potts: 11/22/15 04:45:08PM
Great job Susie and very cleverly thought out. I do something similar but in a very lazy way. Using the same sort of stand, I stretch a wool beanie hat across the normal bottom prongs and let the bottom of the dulcimer sit in the soft cradle the beanie makes, then i make sure the top bit of the stand is extended to it full secure height.. it seems to take all but one of my dulcimers, that is a bit longer. Most of my dulcimers have approx 27.5" vsl.
I had a $10 guitar stand that I thought would make a great project to convert to a nice dulcimer stand. I have sewing skills and my husband has a welding torch. So, here's what we did. The bottom support (normally for the lower bout of a guitar) was converted by adding a "sling" (this is where my sewing skills came into play) to support the bottom of the dulcimer. I also sewed a hole for the strap button to rest through. This also serves the purpose of not letting the dulcimer slide off the sling. I also put some one wrap velcro on the bottom support to keep it stable from rotating (which is how they are made for guitars). Then, the top support (normally for the neck of the guitar) was converted by using the welding torch to reshape it to accomodate the wider area needed for the dulcimer. The steel is "hardened", so we couldn't just bend it by hand. Wa-la......a dulcimer stand is born. I'm really happy with how it turned out. And it is still adjustable to accomodate the height of all my dulcimers. Here are some pictures.