Hi Glenda-- I confess I bought mine on ebay. . . We do seem to have similar interests, although I'm sorry to say that I can't play the fiddle. I own a used violin, however! Just haven't gotten to it yet! A couple weeks ago in church our small choir sang "When I Can Read My Title Clear" and I had my son play the snare and I played a baritone bowed psaltery for the intro, guitar during the middle verses, and Irish whistle during the last verse and the "outro." I had originally planned to have dulcimer strummers but with so many absences because of summer I just rearranged! Our church is small but very supportive of all my crazy instruments!
Linda I was just reading your answer to my post and was wondering where you found your dulcimer that is like mine?
. I think we have some things in common I like unusual instruments that's why I got this particular dulcimer never seen one like it I play penny whistle and play in church occasionally also play the fiddle.
Hi Linda, welcome to FOTMD! I am more than happy to help you with dating your dulcimers. You mentioned you have some photos on Google Drive, you're welcome to share them with me at email@example.com. Will do my best to help you out!
Linda, I also meant to say that I had seen a bit of a gauge wire size discussion on tribenet.com Check it out, there may be more information that if you haven't already found the site.
Hi Linda, apologies from taking so long in getting back to you.
I suspect that you may have already gotten your answers to your very good questions. I had never seen or heard of a cura saz, so I had to look it up. A neat little instrument.
Yes, I think that you could essentially have about the same effect with the cura saz as like unto a stick dulcimer. I think in part (perhaps both of your questions) would depend on the gauge of wire that you are using.
There are certain gauges that are better for different tunings and modals. For example (although, I am by far not an expert). a wire set of gauges .012, .014, and .022 might work better for tuning to DAD, whereas .010, .012, and .018 might be more suitable to tuning in DAA. (It could possibly be the other way around, too).
So, the answer certainly would lie in matching up the gauge wire size with the tunings and modals that you wish to play in, and also with respect to the particular dimensions, construction of the cura saz.
You had mentioned movable frets, which would assist with the process. I think that I had seen a reply concerning someone who could even assist you with the fret placement and distance calculations.
So, as I said, you've probably received answers to these questions already, but I did want to reply and not let you think that I had simply forgotten about it. I hope this helps, and there are many people and boards on here who can also be valuable resources. I have found this site to be full of friendly and helpful people.
I just read your questions, and I will try to get back to you later on those and see what I can either figure out or direct you to the right forum. It's late tonight, so I'm headed to bed. I'll see what I come up with.
Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!
Hey Linda, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Linda, and welcome to the 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.