Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

Latest Activity

@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!:
"To jam with others!When I first started dulcimer, I loved the fact that no matter where i fretted it just always sounded good. Once I saw tabs with a 1.5..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer ergonomics?:
"I am so scared to click on the links for fear of finding out just how poor my form is I don't know that it's bad but I've never actually thought about it..."
@natebuildstoys • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Nylon strings on a steel string dulcimer":
"Hello all I have been wanting to try putting nylon strings on my dulcimer just to see how it sounds. What I am wondering is whether nylon strings need..."
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Tips for stringing a dulcimer:
"I have a very cheap plastic peg winding tool that i use and after a couple uses it stopped turning easily but with a bit of graphite in the bit that tends to..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"sgarrity, i think a lot of the desire to encourage new players is due to how easy it is to teach someone the absolute basics. As a beginner mandolin player,..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Ugly Wood - Lacquer v Polyurethane Dulcimer Project:
"Maybe this idea is nonsense for a couple different reasons but I can't help but wonder: if one knew the different parts of the box that contribute more to..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Ugly Wood - Lacquer v Polyurethane Dulcimer Project:
"Thank you very much for this demonstration! I have been very curious about this for quite a while now and am very grateful for this video. To my ear there..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Non-Metal Fret Material":
"Robin Thompson: Nate, I believe Randy has built, at least, an instrument or two with wooden frets.   Very interesting! I will try to find some vidoes of..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Non-Metal Fret Material":
"A closely related concept I am also curious about is the idea of using a different nut and bridge material for the drone strings than the melody string for..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Non-Metal Fret Material":
"Hello all, I am wondering if there is information on differences in tone between metal frets vs alternative materials and if there is any precedent for..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on You Got to Move - trad spiritual:
"I find this very peaceful and really enjoy your singing voice."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Neck width:
"If you have been comfortable with the string spacing on your current dulcimer maybe it makes the most sense to give your new one the same spacing since you..."
@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on First Cardboard Dulcimer:
"Thank you! The holes do not go all the way into the body, the box has no holes and the ones in the neck extend out in cone shapes out to the back of the neck..."

Latest Group Discussions


Added some half what?

Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 16

Copyright law and dulcimer music

Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 6 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 6 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 7 months ago - Comments: 8

a VERY strange hypothetical

Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 8 months ago - Comments: 19

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard

Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - 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


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."