Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 days ago
1,497 posts

Hommel, Hummel, or Humle are also names for Dutch and other Western European versions of the American Dulcimer, and are played the same way.  When you google-search you may also want to include "folk instrument".  It's possible you may find a Hommel maker in the Netherlands even.

http://www.essentialvermeer.com/folk_music/hommel.html

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 days ago
1,562 posts

Riksgewijs:

Why are those shops so hard to find? I am pretty good with googling? 

http://www.dulcimers.co.uk/index.html

https://revelsmusic.co.uk/




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updated by @strumelia: 02/14/19 03:31:46PM
Riksgewijs
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
2 days ago
5 posts

Strumelia:

Sounds like you play chord style?  If so, best to avoid dulcimers that are specifically designed for noter drone style playing, as someone with big hands playing in chord style might find the fretboard too slender for comfort.

Thank you, I couldn't say this in this way, but that's exactly what I ment. I am Dutch and my Englisch is not my native language. 

Judith:

Agreed re Robin Clark and Bird Rock dulcimers.  In the UK there is also Revels Music to try - mainly second hand dulcimers but some new and all with very detailed descriptions and measurements.

 

Thank You, gating a peak there also. 

Why are those shops so hard to find? I am pretty good with googling? 

 

Judith
Judith
@judith
3 days ago
3 posts

Agreed re Robin Clark and Bird Rock dulcimers.  In the UK there is also Revels Music to try - mainly second hand dulcimers but some new and all with very detailed descriptions and measurements.

 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 days ago
1,562 posts

I second the recommendation for Robin Clark at Bird Rock dulcimers in UK.  He is also a dealer of McSpadden dulcimers, which are certainly long scale enough for bigger hands. with a VSL scale length of 28-29" inches.  The McSpadden fretboard is also plenty wide enough for chord playing.  yes

Sounds like you play chord style?  If so, best to avoid dulcimers that are specifically designed for noter drone style playing, as someone with big hands playing in chord style might find the fretboard too slender for comfort.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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updated by @strumelia: 02/13/19 04:58:03PM
Riksgewijs
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
3 days ago
5 posts

Hello Benjimer. Many thanks. I got your point  so I will measure whati have now becouse i can see if its different with my cheap duclimer. And thank you for the clear aanswer  

Banjimer
Banjimer
@greg-gunner
4 days ago
58 posts

If you have relatively large hands, you will want to know the width of the fretboard and the Length from Nut to Bridge (Vibrating String Length).

Width of Fretboard - Both McSpadden and Folkcraft use a fretboard 1 3/8 inches wide, so the space between strings would be similar for both. 

Length from Nut to Bridge - McSpadden has a standard VSL (Vibrating String Length) of 28 1/2 inches.  Folkcraft offers several different VSL, ranging from 25 inches on up, so you can select one with a longer VSL to suit your needs.  

If you have large hands you would probably be better off with a somewhat longer VSL.  Longer dulcimers have the frets spaced a little farther apart, so they are more suited to large hands or long fingers.  

McSpadden offers a shorter model called the "Ginger" model, which has a VSL of 25 inches, I believe.  These are meant for people with small hands, so probably not what you are looking for.

 

 

Riksgewijs
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
4 days ago
5 posts

Thank you all. 

Did look at the shops and now it's making a choice. I did look at the Mc spadden Dulcimers but now I did see The Folkcraft Dulcimers. Can anyone tell me the difference about them. I mean how the playebillity is. Not so much the quality. 

 For example; I have big hands. And think it's nice if the strings are a bit wider. Due to my big hands it nicer to play if the strings are wider than narrower together. 

 

Ariane
Ariane
@ariane
6 days ago
20 posts
There is a dulcimer shop in Germany - please look into his website under dulcimershop.de
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
6 days ago
162 posts

I agree with Ken.  Robin Clark should be able to help you, friend.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
one week ago
552 posts

You might check this website: http://www.dulcimers.co.uk. Robin Clark is a member here. He sells several different brands of dulcimers including McSpadden.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Riksgewijs
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
one week ago
5 posts

Hi Bob, 

I did check him out. Took a while, because there is no r in the name. :) Ian Duthie 

Found him on this forum while surging. 

thanks, but he build them private. Hope for another sugestion. Many thanks for this one. 

Bob
Bob
@bob
one week ago
86 posts

Hi Rik,

Good to see your post and no need to be shy!

There is a fine Mountain Dulcimer builder in England named Ian Duthrie. He posts in Facebook by that name. Not much info about where exactly he is located or contact info like an email address, but if you use Facebook, look him up. His work looks very good.



 

Riksgewijs
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
one week ago
5 posts

Hello, not everybody know me. I was a little quiet and shy. But I am searching for a good mountain Dulcimer. I play for half a year now. And decided to buy a good build dulcimer. I have got a cheap student model and converted it a little so it sound quite reaseneble. My thoughts are about a Mc spadden or maybe something in the same quality.

 

But now the problem… I live in the Netherlands. And in my search I can't find a reseller nearby the Netherlands or in the Netherlands. So I searched in the USA but then the shipment is the next problem.

 

So does anyone know something to go on from where I am now?

With friendly regards,

Rik