All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore

Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
6 months ago
187 posts

Will do thanks

Strumelia
Strumelia
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6 months ago
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"Uncle" Ed Thomas. Nathina if you are really interested in this subject you'll need to do some reading and learning from books and articles on dulcimer history and traditions. There's a lot to learn but it's all well worth the effort to those with a serious interest. Stumbling onto a real Thomas is arguably the Holy Grail of antique dulcimers. Also some fun related content here on fotmd by doing a main search for "Ed Thomas". Also, maybe you'll enjoy some of the threads in this Group . And you'll definitely want to read Ralph Lee Smith's Dulcimer Traditions, and his The Story of the Dulcimer.




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Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
6 months ago
187 posts

And what does a "Thomas" design mean exactly?

dulcinina
@dulcinina
6 months ago
89 posts

That's a beautiful dulcimer, John.  I remember the Galax you showed me in Berea a couple years ago.  Beautiful work.  Nina

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
6 months ago
266 posts

The first two strings are #4 gauge or .013", and the bass string is #8 gauge or .020".

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,980 posts

Ok I get it- cutting the wire and twisting the loops ends. I wondered whether you were making strings from some other material. Like weedwacker line maybe, or maybe like when I twist one to two dozen horse tail hairs into a rope to make strings for my jouhikko . Thanks!

Just curious- what gauge strings did you put on this walnut beauty, John?  And is it tuned to the key of D?




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Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
6 months ago
187 posts

I make my own strings when necessary.

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
6 months ago
266 posts

Lisa, homemade strings are made by taking a small spool of piano wire, and twisting a loop in the free end.  Then you cut the wire off to the length you want.   It's a little tricky to get a good twist of the wire.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,980 posts

Lovely, John! 

Please tell us what you mean by homemade strings. ? 




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John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
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6 months ago
266 posts

An all-walnut J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore with just intonation and homemade strings.