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Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

Latest Activity

@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?":
"Thank you all very much for your advice. First of all let me just say that my sister has TONS of pets and so she keeps her windows open all day every day and..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?":
"Hello all. My sister loves string instruments but has never been able to learn any and when I let her play my dulcimer she had a ton of fun, even pulling it..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?":
"I definitely do a very poor job at this when asked.  A big factor in explaining it is the level of knowledge the person you are talking to has about musical..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Fret board attaching to sound board:
"The gap seems to be pretty large. Are the side panels still level down their lengths and only the center of the soundboard is sagging? Or is the entire box..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Fret board attaching to sound board:
"I have had this issue a couple times when using wood that wasn't perfectly straight for the fretboard. I always clamp and glue the fretboard perfectly flat..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Super cool how many of y'all have other instruments aside from dulcimers! While 95% of what I play is a dulcimer I also pick up my other instruments on..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Choosing Strings":
"Hello all. I go through a lot of dulcimer strings, and because my apartment is very prone to package theives I cannot order them online, so I am limited to..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Depending on how taken apart or incomplete of a dulcimer i can count, I have between 3 and 10. Five of them are playable A cardboard dulcimerA rectangular..."

Latest Group Discussions


Added some half what?

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

Copyright law and dulcimer music

Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 22

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer

Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 1

How I learned to build dulcimers

I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 9

a VERY strange hypothetical

Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 19

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard

Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 23

Sympathetic Strings

What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 25

the "door dulcimer" ?!?!?!?

I'm always trying to dig around and look for ideas that might inspire...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 3

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?

Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 5

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Latest Forum Discussions


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

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Sunday December 20 2020, 11:23 PM
By: @banjelele

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Monday October 5 2020, 1:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?

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

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 8:26 AM
By: @Strumelia

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

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and...

Posted: Sunday May 10 2020, 2:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

Adding Extra Strings to Courses

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


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

Benjamin W 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.


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.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."