NateBuildsToys

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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Cheryl W Hunterdude granto Ariane Strumelia Steven Berger Susie Bob Stephens

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Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

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NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass Resonator":
"The first instrument I ever built was a diddley bow. If you dont know its just a string stretched over a glass bottle laying on its side, which acts as a..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is the strumhollow redundant?":
"Corvus: The strumhollow is certainly not redundant, in fact dozens of thousands of players pick & strum in that area. That area provides a slightly..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Please tell me your very favorite love song...":
"I am a big fan of Annie's Song by John Denver, (though I have been hesitant to play it for my lady friend as it seems a bit corny )  so I guess my favorite..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"I really like all 4 strings for noter-drone style playing, since it makes the melody notes sound a bit more pronounced to me. For that same reason I prefer 3..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Wood Cupping When Thin :
"Dan: Clamping to the table saw will make it flat,but not for long. Problematic pieces I clamp between two boards to stabilize it. (For a few days) The..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths":
"Yes, a zero fret seems to me to be an easy way to ensure a nice radius to your nut. Interesting I have always just used the term bridge i guess because the..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths":
"This might end up being a controversial topic, since I cant seem to find a lot of agreement on it elsewhere, but I'd like to know what y'all know and have..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Adding Extra Strings to Courses":
"That is very insightful, thank you Grant! Reading your perception of the differences it's pretty apparent to me that I am not at a level of knowledge yet to..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Adding Extra Strings to Courses":
"Thank you for such a comprehensive response Ken. I guess I am mostly asking about different tunings to the courses but also dont really know if it makes more..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is the strumhollow redundant?":
"Yes, unfortunately I had my doubts that the spaces would be big enough, though I would say it may still be useful for picking styles where the pinky is used..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Adding Extra Strings to Courses":
"I'd like to put more strings on my next dulcimer. I have a 6 string dulcimer which is tuned dd-AA-DD. Very cumbersome to get used to fretting those extra..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is the strumhollow redundant?":
"I saw a Stephen Seifert video where he showed a dulcimer made for him that had a strumhollow which went all the way up to the 14th fret (16th literally) and..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Very neat workaround. Definitely an aesthetically nice solution"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?":
"Have been practicing on Ashokan Farewell trying to get fluid on it. Very fond of Dusty's performance and have watched it a few times for study! Favorite..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Is the strumhollow redundant?":
"I built my first dulcimer before I had ever seen or heard any played, after reading a page in a homesteading book on how to build them. I sort of just..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finish":
"Ken Hulme: Body volume differences, wood differences, internal bracing differences, age of strings, many other factors will audibly affect the quality of..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on The Abomination:
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@natebuildstoys • one month ago
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@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"Hunterdude: Dulcimers can be Very affordable to build as you say Bob, with what I have on hand I have less than $40 material total into a cardboard model..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 24
Created a new Group discussion "Sympathetic Strings":
"What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about sympathetic strings? I learned that several of the instruments closely related to the..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "the "door dulcimer" ?!?!?!?":
"I'm always trying to dig around and look for ideas that might inspire some creativity, and this one was VERY intriguing. On some blog discussing types of..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"I believe that no matter which neck you choose, you should implement the hollow represented by 'D' as it will make the wood of the neck more resonant and..."
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@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"Hello Hunter! I personally would love to see your dulcimers. As awesome as some of the fine craftsmanship on this forum is, I particularly enjoy seeing the..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?":
"Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play diatonic dulcimers, but part of me feels that it would be useful to try to learn to play..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Hunterdude: Also someone mentioned good sustain can be affected by how much string length is behind the bridge and also how the pins are mounted and how..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Bob Stephens: Let me start by saying that when the best violin makers get together to discuss what is actually proven to affect the sound of a violin,..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
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NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Ken Hulme: Physical attributes that affect sound in a significant way, IMHO: Area of sound holes relative to body volume -- too small is quiet; too large..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Steven Berger: Thanks, Nate, you answered my question. "Constricted" was not quite the right word, Since it's loud, obviously the thin waist design didn't..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Steven Berger: It;s nice, but is the sound in any way constricted? Hello and thank you! I am not sure what exactly you mean by constricted, but it is..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 5
New doodad
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
"Sorry for the late response but I finally shot a quick video showing how the bundt pan sounds. Unfortunately I had to shoot it on my phone so the audio..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
"Steven Berger: Never seen, played, or heard one, but, I suspect the amount of water in the pan would affect the sound quite a bit....something I'm sure..."

Latest Group Discussions

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NateBuildsToys

Sympathetic Strings


What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys one month ago - Comments: 24
NateBuildsToys

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


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

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Wednesday April 29 2020, 5:23 PM
By: @Hunterdude

Comments

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


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.

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."