Quick question about Homer Ledford Dulcimers.

Estes George
@george-desjardins
last year
112 posts

Thanks to everyone once again, I always appreciate the honest feedback when I ask random questions.

 I'm a much more a collector who enjoys making "noise" on my dulcimers, than an actual good player, you all blow me away.

John Shaw
@john-shaw
last year
66 posts

Like a lot of "old-time" makers, and some other makers who, like himself, began making in the tradition-revival transition period, Homer made dulcimers that are a lot closer to JI than to ET.  They are usually meant to be tuned 1-5-5 (eg. DAA) - bass to treble, and sound beautifully sweet in this tuning when played melody/drone style.

He usually included the metal fine tuners you mention.  (These are manufactured for violins.)

 

 

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
last year
1,530 posts

Homer was Homer.  His scales were unique. 

john p
@john-p
last year
212 posts

Hi george,

Could be either, but regardless, all dulcimers are tuned the same way.

First you tune the home fret on your melody string to the key you want.
Second you tune the bass string to the same note, but an octave lower.
Third you tune the middle string a fifth above the bass.




updated by @john-p: 01/27/16 01:45:08PM
Estes George
@george-desjardins
last year
112 posts

Custom scale? Hmmm, what would you say it more closely  is similar too, JI, or T, would you have to tune it differently? I'm always looking for older harder to find dulcimers that are more unique, and for whatever reason I find I'm becoming more of a fan of wood friction tuners as opposed to the geared ones.

Dan
@dan
last year
78 posts

Homer had a custom scale.

Bob Reinsel
@bob-reinsel
last year
102 posts

Those metal things look like fine tuners similar to what you would see on a violin.  They are used to fine tune the strings after you get the pitch set with the tuning pegs.




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Estes George
@george-desjardins
last year
112 posts

Can someone tell me if his dulcimers are in just intonation or equal temperament?

 Also, has anyone seen the metal whatever they are called at the base for the strings> All the photos I have seen don't have these and I've never seen them on a dulcimer before. Thanks folks.

 

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