WHOOOOOOOPIES KEN. I'm soooo excited for Berea and now even more!!! Thank you soooo much. aloha, irene
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Real pretty, Ken. Bet it sounds just as sweet as it looks.
Yes, Irene, I made the PA German zitter that I am holding in my avatar. A friend of mine made a reproduction of an instrument in the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA which he let me use as a pattern. It is not an exact replica as I only used scrap I had laying around the shop to build it. It should have a deeper body. I have a pattern of the peg head which I can give you. The rest is just dimensions; length width, height. Yes, I'll have it at Berea.
thanks Ken for the lesson here. Even when I retune my dulcimers, I love knowing where those "dots" are. You are right, different strokes for different folks. I ALWAYS love seeing you with your instrument you hold in your photo. Did you make that? did you use a pattern? Do you still have it and will you bring it to Berea? now that's too many questions....aloha, irene
Thank you, Bob.
Ken"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Really nice, Ken!
Hi, Irene. I'm not a big fan of floating bridges. At our last practice when I was taking the Blue Lion bass out of the case someone distracted me and I caught the bridge on the edge of case knocking it out of position. It took me a little time to adjust it while everyone waited for me. I do have the position marked for just such mishaps, but it still takes a little tweaking. I also don't like dots on the fret board. I can tell my position by the distance between frets. 3, 7, 10 work for DAA but if I retune those positions are worthless. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
I've made 2 tear drops and enjoy making this style. I learned how to bend wood at my brother's shop in Tyler, Texas. I personally prefer a floating bridge, can't see if that is what you have here. I do like your deeper sides. No dots. I love to put dots on my and many friends have come and asked if I could put dots on theirs. aloha, irene
Thanks, Robin. It took me some time to figure out what woods I wanted to pair with the Paduk. Also, since I had enough Paduk, I made the sides a little over 2 1/2 inches deep.
Ken, I love the looks of this instrument!
The top is western red cedar. The board this came from has been in my garage for 38 years. Finally found a use for it. The fret board is hard maple. The peg head and end piece are hard maple and walnut. I had glued this up to use for a guitar neck.