Matt Berg

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Location: Farmington, MI
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Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Installing built-in pick up for 2004 dulcimer?":
"Have you considered contacting Richard Ash at Folkcraft?  He seems always willing to help on questions like this."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?":
"Let me second what Ken said.  Building any musical instrument is the product of hundreds of little decisions made by luthier as the instrument is..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old topic about wood and new McSpadden, need help.":
"One day I visited the Folkcraft showroom and played two all walnut instruments fresh off the workshop floor.  Both were beautiful instruments.  One had a..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane:
"I the past when testing designs, I take alternating slices of wood from the same stock to build two separate instruments.  If you look closely, you can see..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Funny, I showed my instruments to Butch a couple years ago at Evart.  I guess he remembered."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Matt Berg:
"Similar to a banjo, but more muted.  I stopped building these a few years ago to focus on mountain dulcimers."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Yes, the rounded bottom seems to focus the sound back to the soundboard."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"I use fan bracing that comes together at the head and spread all the way to the tailpiece.  With a double neck design, you need to have a more or less wide..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"The neck rests on a single post under the 0 fret.  The maple fretboard rests about 3/4 from nut to saddle on a bridge on the soundboard.  The strings are set..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Bob,  you mention that your recent soundboard was thinner than typical at 0.100 inches.  My general target for the soundboard is 3/32, roughly 0.100...."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane:
"@Ken-Longfield Thanks Ken, now I have a reason to save my old newspapers!"
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane:
"Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my post.  All of your comments were interesting.  Stay safe, stay strong."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Created a new Group discussion "Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane":
"Has anyone done any testing of how using lacquer v polyurethane impacts the sound of an instrument?  I have talked to different builders, some use poly,..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Nate, Many things impact loudness, size of the sound box, thickness of the soundboard, weight of the strings, size of the soundhole and how hard the player..."

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Matt Berg

Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane


Has anyone done any testing of how using lacquer v polyurethane impacts...
@Matt Berg 2 months ago - Comments: 10
Matt Berg

down draft table


Sometimes it feels like more of my wood becomes sawdust than...
@Matt Berg 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Matt Berg

Carpal Tunnel & dulcimers


A student in my class has carpal tunnel syndrome.  This causes her hand...
@Matt Berg 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Matt Berg

No Tool Dulcimer Kit


In another forum, and I can't remember which, several people were...
@Matt Berg 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Matt Berg

Teak Oil on softwood


A friend gave me some teak oil he wasn't going to use. I've tried it on...
@Matt Berg 7 years ago - Comments: 1
Matt Berg

Does anyone recognize this wood?


I recovered this wood from a pallet. Am using it to make two student...
@Matt Berg 7 years ago - Comments: 13
Matt Berg

Butterfingers are not just a Halloween candy.


After getting too much Halloween candy on my fingers (donated by my...
@Matt Berg 8 years ago - Comments: 5
Matt Berg

A different all cedar dulcimer


Ed Gaunt's discussion on an all cedar dulcimer inspired me. I am...
@Matt Berg 8 years ago - Comments: 11

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Shipping in the cold

Posted: Tuesday February 5 2019, 8:56 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

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Guglielmo
04/12/14 06:26:04AM @guglielmo:

Matt,

my bow was in bundle with a chinese violin (almost a toy) I bought several years ago.

Of course if you are a professional it makes a difference, but in my case I'm afraid it is quite the same. But it is important the use of the rosin, as explained in the following link :

Don't forget to clean the strings after the use :)

Keep me informed

G.


Marjorie Meinzinger
10/18/13 08:45:33AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
I play a hourglass shaped McSpadden that I bought in1996 from Bob Tack
Marjorie Meinzinger
10/17/13 11:46:09AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
So is there a picture of one somewhere? Can it be purchased? Sounds VERY interesting AND makes sense.
Marjorie Meinzinger
10/17/13 10:26:35AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
My dulcimer is soft and pretty and if I wanted I spose I could put an amp on her. I don't want to get rid of my original one. But I've seen some that are bigger with deeper voices and louder. I just bought a new guitar so now I'm gonna save up for a new dulcimer. I know someone in Wayne that makes nice ones and if I tell him what I want he'd make it. But music money has to be saved bit by bit. Got my guitar that way. A couple years to save maybe. MD s are quieter by nature. While I save for a new MD ill have to learn to play the guitar. Man, that thing requires one to be a finger contortionist.
Marjorie Meinzinger
10/17/13 09:27:06AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
PS. The group is very welcoming just come to play and enjoy . Ill share music until you join. I like to sit by the fiddles and in front of guitars. I play AUTOHARP until I get a louder MD.
Marjorie Meinzinger
10/17/13 09:24:07AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
Matt, I'm at Geddes between Beck and Canton Center. Silver String is mostly hammered but there are MD players too. There is a MD gathering in a home in Canton. Come to Silver String anyway, The Moutain Dulcimers play at play dates. You'll probably like the group. First and Third Thursdays at Hope Lutheran on Cherry Hill between Middlebelt and Inkster. I hope to go tonight. 7:00 we start. MD group meets Wednesdays but I can't remember which. Ill find out.
Marjorie Meinzinger
08/08/13 08:39:59AM @marjorie-meinzinger:
Hey Matt, Are you still living in Canton.? Do you ever go to Silver Strings? I live in South Canton near Geddes. are you anywhere near ther?
RavenMadd Garcia
09/01/12 07:30:32PM @ravenmadd-garcia:

gonna check out your site ...oh and hello new amigo!


Bill Lewis
08/05/11 03:32:38PM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Matt, glad ya found us. Grin.gif
Jim Fawcett
08/05/11 01:53:06PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey Matt, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
John Keane
08/05/11 09:31:08AM @john-keane:
Hello and welcome to FOTMD!