My dulcimer is 5 years old and I have had to have the frets dressed the last two years. I am guessing that I am a sloppy chorder, pushing the chord down and sideways rather than just down. I am trying to correct this but not sure how much success I am achieving.
It might be easier to replace the frets with a harder material. McSpadden uses German Silver but also offers EVO which is 25% harder. EVO is sort of gold colored which I am not sure i like but could accept if I wanted to change to it.
Blue Lion offers stainless steel frets which are 50% harder than German Silver. McSpadden does not offer stainless steel. Does anyone have any comments, suggestions or preferences about fret materials or suggestions about how to reduce the wear and tear on the frets?
Thanks for the welcome. Dulcimer players seem to be great folks. A little thin on the ground in Wisconsin where we are from, but at least we found some here and n Arizona. Looking forward to see what goes on at this site.
*WELCOME TO FOTMD!* ~we're so glad you're here~ :)
Welcome, Majajog, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here.
Greetings from Vermont Maja and welcome to the site. Hope you enjoy all the awesome songs that are posted here all the time and the good folks too.
Hi Majajog, 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 meet some good people.
Welcome to FOTMD, Majajog. It's good to have you aboard. My wife and I visited Mtn. View back in October. Stayed a campground next to the Ozark Folk Center. Enjoyed a good concert by the local folks. Our previous visit to Mtn. View was in 1974. We also enjoyed our visit at the Dulcimer Shoppe.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
I have been lurking for awhile and occasionally I see something I can respond to so I decided to join up. Love the dulcimer, just not much of a player. Spend the winters in AZ where we play weekly with a small group of like minded individuals. Spend the spring in Mtn View AR where pig out on traditional music and barbecue from Kin Folks Restaurant. Mtn View is where we got our dulcimers in a fit of either madness or wild optimism that we could become acceptable players. Would have preferred doing this 40 years earlier when both our hands and mind were nimbler but figured starting at age 65 was better than not starting at all.
Hey Majajog, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.