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Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside


musician/member name: Music
Duration: 00:01:12
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3 coffee cans glued into a dulcimer. I wasnt sure theyd do anything but the sound of the cans turned out super noticeable.
NateBuildsToys
10/06/23 04:28:52AM @nate:

Dusty I have seen that, and that is a very intriguing idea. The fact that styrofoam produced such a nice tone on his dulcimer has always been really cool to me. I guess it would be pretty harmless to try, considering how inexpensive the materials are


Dusty Turtle
10/05/23 11:26:29PM @dusty:

NateBuildsToys: I'm planning to make one from cardboard with coffee cans in it, to see if it balances out to a fuller, more mellow sound.
 


Nate, have you seen @Granto's styrofoam dulcimer ?  The combo of tin coffee cans and styrofoam might get that mellow sound you're looking for.  And it's probably easy (if messy) to work with.


NateBuildsToys
10/04/23 11:10:55PM @nate:

Dusty Turtle:


If you leave the coffee in those cans, can you play faster?biglaugh


 
Dusty, I actually brew it all and chug it right before I start building. This dulcimer only took me about 5 minutes to buildcooldance
John C. Knopf:


Nate, those experimental dulcimers sound surprisingly good, and your playing is nice, as well!


 
Thank you John :) When I try something weird and it turns out sounding decent, no one is more surprised than me lol. The coffee cans have a pretty distinctive sound and are pretty loud, so I'm planning to make one from cardboard with coffee cans in it, to see if it balances out to a fuller, more mellow sound.


John C. Knopf
10/04/23 09:25:02PM @john-c-knopf:

Nate, those experimental dulcimers sound surprisingly good, and your playing is nice, as well!


NateBuildsToys
10/04/23 08:53:39PM @nate:

Thank you  very much Gary! I have actually built 4 or 5 dulcimers over the last few years that included tin coffee cans such as this one


and this one

the big difference with this one is that the cans are completely inside the dulcimer, whereas in the past I put them on the outside.
Nate


Gary Major
10/04/23 10:38:31AM @gary-major:

You did great. Sounds perfect !! Did you name it the Tin Can Dulcimer?

Thanks for sharing.

Gary


Dusty Turtle
10/03/23 01:40:04PM @dusty:

If you leave the coffee in those cans, can you play faster?biglaugh