NateBuildsToys

Location:

Location: Oregon
Country: United States

My Latest Followers:

Cheryl W Hunterdude granto Ariane IRENE Leo Kretzner Steven Berger Skip Susie Bob Stephens Strumelia

Stats

images: 9

Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

Latest Activity

  All
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wide World Mtn Dulc Var, Ch 4: Soundholes! Pg C:
"Neat. Someone posted an analysis on here recently talking about how soundholes that are long and narrow are the loudest. Maybe these long narrow soundholes..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Kesh Jig - by Leo Kretzner w the Old Grey Cats:
"Complete with a Bodhrán! very cool!"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one week ago
Posted a response to "":
""
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on I Trata:
"Your playstyle consistently amazes me Mark! Watching your hands glide all over while keeping that neat staccato (is that the right word?) rhythm is just so..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one week ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Protecting the interior of a dulcimer":
"Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any kind of protectant to the interior of their instrument before gluing it together? Up..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Skibbereen:
"WOW. Each verse got cooler than the last! Thanks for sharing."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Skibbereen
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago
Posted a response to "":
""
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago
Created a new forum topic "":
""
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard:
"@Bill-Robison this description reminds me of one I made a while ago. I can't find any pics of it but I do still have a bunch of sketches I did. Is the idea..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago
@natebuildstoys is now following @skip
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Double fretboard & 6 guitar strings":
"I do wonder how the middle strings  tuned to open D guitar tuning or DADF#AD would sound as a backing drone. (added benefit of replacing strings with no..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "How do I know what key I'm in?":
"Hey guys I have been trying to practice writing my own tab and I wrote out tab by ear for an old folk song called sally wheatley. Because I did it by ear,..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 weeks ago
@natebuildstoys is now following @forums
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How I learned to build dulcimers:
"IRENE: NATE....I think this dulcimer is rather COOL.   Where did you get the top to make that pattern?   YES, you need to just take off the frets and make..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How I learned to build dulcimers:
"Ken Longfield: That pattern was an easy way to build dulcimers and get them in to peoples' hands. There was a builder in Texas (I think) who made them..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How I learned to build dulcimers:
"Strumelia: That's actually pretty impressive, Nate. Is that first dulcimer you built still playable?  How did it turn out sounding? Honestly when I..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How I learned to build dulcimers:
"Apologies I sent a copy of this image to small to read hopefully this works. "
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 7
Created a new Group discussion "How I learned to build dulcimers":
"I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a 'reader's digest' homesteading book which I learned to build dulcimers from Prior to reading..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Embarrassed: just picking out tunes":
"Don Grundy: Does anyone else hear a tune in their head and have to pick it out on the melody and middle string? Pick it out and if you mess up you might..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?":
"Skip: A random thought occurred to me, how's your hearing? Hearing aids or not? Audio preferences? I quit messing with penny whistles and harmonicas..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?":
"CJ: Given the same craftmanship, what do you hear is the difference in particular woods. Of the three I'm considering one has a poplar body with a..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Are there fretless dulcimers?":
"WOW. That is seriously cool. That slide dulcimer has mountain banjo vibes as well as lap steel! Thanks for sharing I have a new rabbit hole to fall down!"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
"Strumelia: This is super cool.I think it would be additionally fun to make a little folded paper origami boat to float in the 'canal' while playing it. I..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer":
""
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Swedish origins of the dulcimer?:
"Hmm. Between the scheitholt, the hummel, the epinette, the langeleik, the langspil, the jouhi kantele, the psalmodikon, and at least 10 more I don't know..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?":
"Skip: Keep in mind being a 'luthier' can be a hobby or a business.  If a hobby, the luthier can do what (s)he wants and can afford, In business, money and..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Sellenger's Round:
"So cool! Your playing style is so awesome it's like I took a time machine back 500 years! Thanks for sharing"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on tunings and string gauge:
"@Ken-Longfield Thanks for the information this is a lot to think about. When I imagine a right triangle with one leg being the height of the saddle from the..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on tunings and string gauge:
"Ken Hulme:   Intonation is tied to the fret spacing not string height This seems counter-intuitive to me. Do you correct for the difference in string..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at dulcimer":
"Hello all! With lockdown finally dialing back I have been offered a gig at an antique mall, a barber shop, and a juice bar. Given that I build my own..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?":
"In guitar communities, cigar box guitar forums I participate in, as well as dulcimer forums there seems to be a lot of status attached to some types of wood,..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Assessing Tone":
"Is it accurate to say that you can make generalizations about an instruments tone based on materials, depth, and bridge placement?For example it has always..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Are there fretless dulcimers?":
"A topic I have heard several times among both players and builders is the pros and cons of various temperaments, with no consensus ever being reached. It..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blair fret compare - original Jumbos! installed on a dare?":
"I like very low and narrow mandolin frets because i think they make less noise when i slide across them. My dulcimer is chromatic so the 'thumping' of the..."

Latest Group Discussions

  All
NateBuildsToys

Copyright law and dulcimer music


Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 2 weeks ago - Comments: 22
NateBuildsToys

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


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

How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys one month ago - Comments: 7
NateBuildsToys

a VERY strange hypothetical


Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 2 months ago - Comments: 19
NateBuildsToys

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard


Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that...
@NateBuildsToys 3 months ago - Comments: 13
NateBuildsToys

Sympathetic Strings


What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 25
NateBuildsToys

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


I'm always trying to dig around and look for ideas that might inspire...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 3
NateBuildsToys

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?


Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

  All

Latest Videos

  All

Latest Photos

  All
20200422_175232.jpg
Mountain Dulcimer-2020.jpg
Mountain Dulcimer-2013.jpg
Mountain Dulcimer-2016.jpg
dulcc.jpg
dulcbundt.jpg
dulcoiak.jpg
dulcstrumstick.jpg
Duclpaintbox .jpg

Latest Forum Discussions

  All

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

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Monday August 31 2020, 1:57 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

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

Added some half frets....now what?

Posted: Monday July 13 2020, 11:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

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."