Location: Sparta TN
Country: United States

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Dale A Penrose Strumelia Ken Hulme jeffrey charles foster Bert Bennett Stewart McCormick


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Latest Activity

@kusani • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"I totally agree with Ken.  I hollow all my fretboards to approx. 1/4" thick on the sides and top.  The hollow runs from the nut area and stops just short of..."
@kusani • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Synthetic fretboard":
"A canjo would not be appreciably affected by the heat.... no glued wood joints, only one string (easily tuned if needed), etc. Go ahead and make a nice one..."
@kusani • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"Terry, nice instrument and price.   "
@kusani • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?":
"Most of my work starts with 3/4 rough sawn lumber and I work it down from there with a combination of using my surfacer, resawing, and horizontal drum..."
@kusani • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?":
"I did a search but nada....    so, the question is:  What effect does the thickness of the top and bottom of the instrument have on the length of sound..."
@kusani • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
""Nobody Knows the Trouble I see" and/or "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley"  "
@kusani • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NOTICE: Forum/Group consolidations":
"Yep, took me all of a minute to delete.....  Thanks for all your work on this website.  It is greatly appreciated!!!!    "
@kusani • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group:
"Any dulcimer players here in Marathon?  We are here for just this coming week... Jan. 13, 2019"
@kusani • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose pliers to..."
@kusani • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What do we call it?":
"Inventory????  "
@kusani • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Advice--Buying a New Dulcimer":
"McSpadden is what I chose as my first and never regretted it.  It is now my loaner. "
@kusani • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Happy Christmas To All":
"Merry Christmas from Tennessee. "

Latest Group Discussions


First Cedar Build

I have used cedar before for the soundboard, but this is the first time...
@Kusani 5 months ago - Comments: 1

Hickory Haven Dulcimers - So, a Hickory Build

 Our residence, located in the country, is called Hickory Haven. A...
@Kusani 5 months ago - Comments: 6

Latest Build

Commissioned piece going to Virginia. Walnut sides and bottom with...
@Kusani 6 months ago - Comments: 4

Aromatic Cedar Dulcimer

Recently finished this aromatic cedar dulcimer.  African Blackwood was...
@Kusani 7 months ago - Comments: 5

Tuning Mystery

4 string dulcimer, 27" vsl, melody strings 1 & 2 .012; string 3...
@Kusani 2 years ago - Comments: 9

Fret Press

Some of you asked about my using a press I have for assembling turned...
@Kusani 2 years ago - Comments: 3

Build #9

My first voyage away from the more traditional style, maple/walnut, 6...
@Kusani 2 years ago - Comments: 6

Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox

Purchased a $12 miter box, Stanley, and some aluminum bar stock from...
@Kusani 2 years ago - Comments: 11

Asking for help from the 'experts' again....

I have purchased a couple of sound hole medallions from Folkcraft for a...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 18

Tennessee Music Box aka Dulcimer - work in progress - DONE.

After reading a research study done at Vanderbilt University Music...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 29

Bass Dulcimer Strings???

What would be the result of putting bass dulcimer strings on a standard...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 8

My Second Dulcimer (Burly Maple)

I knew working with burly maple was going to be a challenge and it...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 20

My First Dulcimer Project

Ok Folks, this will be interesting, and slow as I really plan on...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 93

Hollows in a dulcimer top and fretboard?

I am considering building a dulcimer; I do have some woodworking skills....
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 20

Advice please, re no 6 1/2 fret

When you are learning to play, 'noter/droner' style, how do you...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 11

Unique Noters? Please share yours.....

I am a beginner; in my first week of ever playing a dulcimer or any...
@Kusani 3 years ago - Comments: 59

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2 years ago - Comments: 5

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Noah Aikens
12/01/16 12:37:56PM @noah-aikens:

 Hey I didn't know you lived in sparta! I was wondering, have you tried to see if the dulcimer club in cookeville is still active? There's a number on everything dulcimer, but because they meet (according to the website)when I'm busy, I haven't really bothered to call. Or is there a group in sparta that meets?

06/16/16 01:23:52PM @dan:

Hi Kusani, in your description you mention a John Maddux dulcimer. Is this the one you use as your avatar? The avatar looks like a Maxwell!



John Keane
01/17/16 08:40:35AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!

01/10/16 07:34:56PM @marg:


Thanks for sharing your noter, nice. You are off to a good start, lots of great members here also looking to share.


Jim Fawcett
01/08/16 03:00:34PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Kusani, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

01/07/16 10:56:51PM @kusani:

Thanks. :)


Ken Longfield
01/07/16 10:19:40PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Kusani. It's good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

01/07/16 10:21:47AM @kusani:

Thank all of you for the welcome.  I am in the process of learning to strum, note, and care for my dulcimer.  The wooden pegs need some adjustments and chalking, and it appears my nut will have to be moved a bit to keep the instrument in tune as I move up the scale.  The instrument was made in 1976 and bought that year by my mother who never played it. I am also learning, again, how to read music.  My last experience, other than church, was playing a trombone in high school (no comparison) :) 


Karen Keane
01/07/16 06:47:03AM @karen-keane:

Hello and welcome to the site.  This is a great place to listen to music and share ideas.  I hope you enjoy.

Rob N Lackey
01/06/16 10:27:47PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Kusani, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here



Benjamin W Barr Jr
01/06/16 10:26:59PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Kusani, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer,  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.