NateBuildsToys

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

My Latest Followers:

flossy rojo Cheryl W Hunterdude glowhazel granto Ariane IRENE Leo Kretzner Steven Berger Skip Susie Bob Stephens Robin Thompson Strumelia

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youtube videos: 3
images: 20

Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Original illustration wanted for dulcimer book cover":
"these are SUPER neat!"
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on glowhazel - trashjam:
"Neat as always"
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Varying VSL":
"Hello, I have built dulcimers from 21" to 30" VSL and in my experience playing a shorter VSL dulcimer isnt much different at all than just playing further up..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Sympathetic Strings:
"Ken Hulme: If you build your dulcimers "right", there is no way that string tension will "rip the neck off".  The tuners and tail pins should really never..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"Bob Stephens: I tend to use the stewmac calculator.  If I need frets beyond those provided on the dulcimer selection, I just call it a guitar and select..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Copyright law and dulcimer music:
"Strumelia: Nate, you should definitely not ask your sudience if anyone has qualms with you playing copyright music. All that does is confirm that you are..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Protecting the interior of a dulcimer:
"Dusty Turtle: I would think that applying a heavy shellac would impede the wood's ability to vibrate and would therefore have a deleterious effect on..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"John C. Knopf: Does anyone remember the old-school method of taking a sheet of butcher paper, drawing a vertical line with a known fret scale, then..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Protecting the interior of a dulcimer:
"John C. Knopf: Nate, it isn't common for builders to finish the interior of their dulcimers.  I never have, but somebody else might.  It isn't really..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Sympathetic Strings:
"Dan: I can't speak for the "wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD" but the Traditional Dulcimore Makers love sympathetic strings but have no place to..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Copyright law and dulcimer music:
"Truly a depressing thread. My main takeaway from this is that I am free to use PD melodies, and if they are still under copyright I should be certain that no..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Not your grandpa's dulcimers!:
"Y'all are way too kind :)"
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Not your grandpa's dulcimers!:
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Why is it called a possum board?":
"That a really neat piece of culture I wasn't aware of thanks for filling me in"
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Morrison's Jig - Fingerpicking Dulcimer:
"The speed and precision you play with never ceases to amaze me."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Why is it called a possum board?":
"Just wondering if anyone knows. It is a pretty weird name. Also, is a false bottom considered a possum board, or does the term only apply to the accessory..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on 3D Printing Dulcimers:
"I totally forgot to ask, what is the material which is 3D printed called? I can't wait to see what will be possible when the process is refined."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on 3D Printing Dulcimers:
"Ken Hulme: Can't be any worse than a dulcimer built from Legos or plexiglass or cardboard, I suppose.   Has a plexiglass dulcimer been made? I'd be..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on 3D Printing Dulcimers:
"Super cool. Do you think that the difference between strings that terminate at the bridge vs tailpiece is just a matter of the bridge/saddle being much more..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3D Printed Dulcimer:
"WOW! Is the second to last photo still in a jig or is that the end result? This is so insanely cool I would LOVE to hear the tone of this. It's awesome to..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help with possible identification of my Dulcimer":
"Certainly whoever was the builder whether amateur or professional, they knew what they were doing. There are aspects of this dulcimer such as the bridge that..."
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build
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@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 3
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @paula: __4
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Paula's Dulcimer:
"I really dig this bridge!"
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on my dulcimers:
"I see you prefer Meower-glass shaped dulcimers"
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @kevin-burns: Man of Constant Sorrow
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Man of Constant Sorrow:
"Unlike any rendition I've heard"
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My Second Dulcimer:
"The first guy who saw this dulcimer said "as a musician I'm intrigued and as a woodworker I'm appalled." I said "as neither, I'm both.""
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@natebuildstoys • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who's dulcimer kit?":
"By the way its worth noting that the vast majority of string instruments have intonation issues way up the neck. I'm not sure if this is because of how much..."

Latest Group Discussions

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String Gauge and Intonation


Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating...
@NateBuildsToys 2 months ago - Comments: 2
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Building Dulcimers Cheap


Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very...
@NateBuildsToys 3 months ago - Comments: 3
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Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation


Hello, this is always something I've had to relearn on every single...
@NateBuildsToys 3 months ago - Comments: 2
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Added some half frets....now what?


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


Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 33
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Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 6
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How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 9
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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
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Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard


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


What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 33
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the "door dulcimer" ?!?!?!?


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


Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Why is it called a possum board?

Posted: Saturday August 21 2021, 9:57 AM
By: @Bill Robison

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 26 2021, 12:45 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

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

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."