Nate

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

My Latest Followers:

Sarah-Miner RobMachin Sea Strings ceilidhdog Beth T DavisJames flossy rojo Cheryl W Hunterdude glowhazel granto Ariane IRENE Jim Phillips Dan Leo Kretzner Cynthia Wigington Steven Berger Stanley Adams Skip Ben Barr Jr Susie Bob Stephens MacAodha Randy Adams Robin Thompson Strumelia

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youtube videos: 13
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I like playing pretty music and I like making my own stuff whenever I can, so I love the mountain dulcimer! As a hobby I make my own dulcimers using very modest techniques, tools, and materials. I've made some that turned out very unique. I'm a big fan of DIY, recycling materials, and 'redneck ingenuity.' 

Latest Activity

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NateBuildsToys
@nate • 20 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Groundhog
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Indian's Lament.:
"Really enjoyed this a lot Jamie, thanks for sharing this very well played ballad. The melody and rhythm on dulcimer reminds me of Eastern Canadian music a la..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @davisjames: The Indian's Lament.
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @razyn: Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display":
"Very interested to hear what others with actual knowledge do for this. Personally, I have mounted dulcimers on the wall by securing them with picture frame..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mutual acknowledgement":
"The dulcimer community has been the most positive, helpful and encouraging out of any instrument I've played, by a lot."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Travel Dulcimer string angle issues":
"It looks to me like the spacer is not only meant to keep the strings at their correct distance, but also is meant to pull them down over the zero fret. That..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Travel Dulcimer string angle issues":
"My mistake I thought the nails were screws. Are the nails loose? It visually looks like the spacer is meant to be flush with the edge of the fingerboard, but..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Travel Dulcimer string angle issues":
"if you were to tighten those screws, would the nut be upright and flush with the end of the fingerboard? It seems to be leaning pretty dramatically toward..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: Cherry Jethro Amburgey-style dulcimore
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Travel Dulcimer string angle issues":
"Is that "nut" screwed into the fretboard?? Thats a.....creative.....solution.....  I think it would be simpler to replace the string spacer bar than to..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Easiest or Best way to play in Key of C:
"Hypothetically you can tune to any key, as long as your strings can handle the tension, and the patterns will be the same. You could tune the instrument to..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Easiest or Best way to play in Key of C:
"Dusty Turtle: That is correct, @Nate.  A full G7 chord would include four notes: G B D & F.  However, on a three-stringed instrument we always have to..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Easiest or Best way to play in Key of C:
"I believe a G7 chord on three strings would be G B and F which would correspond to 324 or 423 but i might be wrong about that. Hopefully someone else can..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Easiest or Best way to play in Key of C:
"C chords 000 002 032 232 234 450 057 457 D chords 111 141 545 56+8 86+8 F chords 013 333 335 060 065 565 567 067 767 G chords 101 104 124 424 444 446+ 6+08..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @dan: 01crop
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"That's really cool. That would be a really useful thing for me to do on dulcimers I make with eye bolts for tuners, since theyre super finicky to fine tune"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"I am curious about how that affects the break angle of the string. Is the bead difficult to move, due to the pressure on it, or does it slide easily?"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Okay, I think that is what I originally thought ken H meant. So, the strings are always in contact with the bridge, and the beads do not change the VSL for..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Thanks to both kens and Robin for the explanation. The fact that it also has an installed bridge in front of them made that unintuitive to me. Now that I..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Oooh, so are they basically fine adjusters for bridge intonation? Sort of like having a separate floating bridge under each string? Kind of like on an..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"That's really interesting. So is it basically the case that sliding the beads forward and back slightly changes the amount of tension?"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @lilley-pad: Just for FUN
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Could those beads on the strings be "dampers" similar to the ones on some mandolins and other instruments with a lot of string length past the VSL? Just a..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John, I don't really do anything that special. I like to mix sweet fruits and berries with tart fruits and berries to balance it out to my own taste. I have..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Dan: My process.  That's super interesting. Do you add in the wedges between the pegs and sides gradually as the boards flex?"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Strumelia: Ooh, that is exciting Nate, you are a winemaker now!we have blueberries coming soon on our backyard bushes. We already put the netting over them..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Very excited to see that the Oregon grape bush in front of my apartment is ripening! Oregon grape is the state flower of Oregon, but a lot of folks here..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Ken Hulme: If you make the pegs about 1/4" shorter than your sides, then you can glue the bottom (or top) onto your shape before removing it from the  jig...."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Ken Hulme: You mostly don't need jigs if you're building one-offs.  A brace holds sides apart for ellipticals and teardrops, a clamp squeezes middles for..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Homer Ross: Wondering how many making dulcimers use a inside mold vs. outside mold.    Could you please explain the difference?  Thanks"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Grateful for all this really interesting insight. If I'm understanding correctly, once you build jigs for the sides,that determines the size and shape, and..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 18
Created a new Group discussion "To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds":
"Hello builders!  Just wondering about y'all's mindset toward planning. Do you operate entirely off plans? Do you build completely off intuition? Or are you..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Really glad to hear you're recovering, John. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hope you're feeling well soon."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimerica Episode 704 - "New Tune: 'Gebhard'":
"Very nice, bing. Thanks for sharing "

Latest Group Discussions

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NateBuildsToys

To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds


Hello builders!  Just wondering about y'all's mindset toward planning....
@NateBuildsToys 4 weeks ago - Comments: 18
NateBuildsToys

History of Cigar Box Dulcimers


Hello folks I was wondering if anyone knows more about when cigar box...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

What are the tedious parts of dulcimer building?


Hello skilled craftsmen, I've heard some people say that it takes them...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

String physics question


Hey folks. Some of my dulcimers have a lot of string length that is...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 3
NateBuildsToys

Gluing resonant objects inside soundbox?


Hey folks I was hoping someone might have some insight on a thought I...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

Choice of Wood for Fingerboard?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I was hoping for some opinions on if the...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

What is a Galax Dulcimer


Hey folks Im just wondering what traits are associated with galax...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 26
NateBuildsToys

How Much is my Weird Dulcimer Worth?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I built a dulcimer from "upcycled" materials...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

An Upside Downcimer


I have built a very strange dulcimer. I would appreciate some input and...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Your favorite noter


I would love some input on what your preferred noters are. Noters come...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Saddle on Soundboard


Hello folks, I am getting ready to make a dulcimer for myself and would...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Vertical vs Horizontal Quill?


I have heard it said a few times that holding a quill vertically, like a...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 4
NateBuildsToys

false bottoms = added mass?


Hey folks  I've been thinking lately about false bottoms. Mainly about...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 26
NateBuildsToys

String Gauge and Intonation


Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Building Dulcimers Cheap


Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation


Hello, this is always something I've had to relearn on every single...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 2
NateBuildsToys

Added some half frets....now what?


Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 16
NateBuildsToys

Copyright law and dulcimer music


Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 34
NateBuildsToys

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 6
NateBuildsToys

How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 9

Latest Audio

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I Don't Believe You

I Don't Believe You


@Nate
11 months ago - Comments: 4
Livi

Livi


@Nate
11 months ago - Comments: 3
You Lead The Way

You Lead The Way


@Nate
11 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

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Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer

Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer


@Nate
3 months ago - Comments: 5
Jock Stuart

Jock Stuart


@Nate
5 months ago - Comments: 7
Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside

Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside


@Nate
9 months ago - Comments: 7
The Moorlough Shore

The Moorlough Shore


@Nate
last year - Comments: 3
Happy IADD

Happy IADD


@Nate
last year - Comments: 3
Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall

Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook

Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
The Nate Visiting Song

The Nate Visiting Song


@Nate
last year - Comments: 2
My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build

My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build


@Nate
3 years ago - Comments: 5

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone

Posted: Monday April 15 2024, 12:18 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Are two melody strings louder than one?

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 10:13 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Connection Between Hammered and Mountain...

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 4:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

String gauge and intonation

Posted: Tuesday March 5 2024, 5:37 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Ergonomics and Wrist Strain

Posted: Friday February 16 2024, 12:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

How precisely do you tune up?

Posted: Thursday February 8 2024, 1:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Kora

Posted: Sunday December 24 2023, 9:33 AM
By: @georgia k

Strings turned iridescent?

Posted: Monday November 27 2023, 3:30 AM
By: @shanonmilan

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and...

Posted: Friday November 10 2023, 7:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 2 2023, 9:58 AM
By: @Wally Venable

A Test for Tone-Deafness!

Posted: Wednesday August 16 2023, 6:27 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Benefits of longer VSL?

Posted: Saturday April 29 2023, 12:04 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

How Old is This Dulcimer Kit/Stuff?

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2023, 10:35 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Sunday March 12 2023, 10:49 PM
By: @Strumelia

An Aquavina Update

Posted: Sunday February 26 2023, 6:55 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Saturday February 25 2023, 3:32 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Saturday December 3 2022, 7:22 AM
By: @Bill Robison

Why is it called a possum board?

Posted: Tuesday January 18 2022, 8:04 PM
By: @Jon W Harris

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?

Posted: Monday May 31 2021, 2:36 PM
By: @Nathina

Choosing Strings

Posted: Sunday May 2 2021, 9:47 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Nylon strings on a steel string dulcimer

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 9:01 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Non-Metal Fret Material

Posted: Thursday February 11 2021, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 8:25 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Are there fretless dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 5:05 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 1 2020, 11:14 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Friday August 14 2020, 8:14 AM
By: @Matt Berg

Truss Rods?

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 11:33 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass Resonator

Posted: Friday May 22 2020, 12:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Is the strumhollow redundant?

Posted: Thursday May 21 2020, 11:43 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Adding Extra Strings to Courses

Posted: Wednesday May 6 2020, 3:04 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Comments

MacAodha
04/17/24 11:34:56AM @macaodha:

The air The Pride of Petravore was used by Percy French (1854-1920) for the song he wrote Eileen Og. It was recorded by many, the Dubliner's included.


IRENE
10/06/23 10:12:09AM @irene:

I've not posted photos for a while here and I'll have to read up on it again.   Yes, that teardrop dulcimer turned out very lovely, all out of woods mentioned in the Bible.  I'm getting ready to make another hourglass dulcimer mostly out of Bible woods again.  aloha, irene


Dan
09/25/23 07:01:20AM @dan:

"grow closer to the sharp iron and wood philosophy every day" is my way of describing my passion for tradition.


Sea Strings
08/30/23 04:29:56PM @sea-strings:

After you left a comment on my discussion, I had to come over here and check out your profile, and hey! We have the same favorite song picked out! We're favorite-song siblings. Laugh


Strumelia
03/06/20 06:24:47AM @strumelia:

Hi Nate. I hope you will post some photos soon of some of your instruments.  The ones you describe and the one in your profile pic look amazing!  sun


Ben Barr Jr
02/29/20 09:12:01AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Nate, 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.

Ben


Richard Streib
02/26/20 08:16:55PM @richard-streib:

Welcome NateBuildToys to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. You may want to consider joining the Dulcimer Making group. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Jim Fawcett
02/23/20 07:53:08AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Nate, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
02/22/20 08:45:08PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD NateBuildsToys. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."