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Dusty Turtle

What is the best way to clean old fret wire?

What is the best way to clean old fret wire? There are lots of methods touted online, from steel wool, to the fret erasers sold by Stew Mac, Frine...
@Dusty Turtle started 2 months ago - replies: 3

Repairing/upgrading a Bob Lazenby Dulcimer

I have a Bob Lazenby cherry wood dulcimer.  The pegs constantly slip and the mount point (small brass nails) for the strings cut the string loops...
@deweylandrum started last year - replies: 7

Installing new tuners

i have a used, via eBay, mod 12W McSpadden which has a scroll head with friction tuner pegs using 1/4” peg holes.  I would like to replace the...
@billybobboy42 started 5 years ago - replies: 3

Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr

I've played guitar and changed strings successfully for well over 50 years.  I've finally met my match in dulcimer wood tuning pegs.  I removed the...
@RoyB started 2 years ago - replies: 10

Two issues with a handmade dulcimer from 1969

I was lucky enough to have found an old hand made dulcimer at a guitar show a few years ago.  I cleaned it up and put on new strings, but have two...
@RoyB started 2 years ago - replies: 4

Just ordered a bunch of new strings...

I own two mtn dulcimers, two epinettes, a hummel and a langspil, about ten banjos and a couple other random stringed folk instruments. Thus I...
@Strumelia started 3 years ago - replies: 9

Capo off when not playing?

I'm working on learning a song right now that requires the capo on 1, so I've needed the capo whenever I pick up the instrument lately.  Is there...
@LisavB started 4 years ago - replies: 8
Virginia Oman

For those who recommend using Pledge on the fingerboard, do you need to......

Many people posted just to spray pledge on a cloth and wipe on fingerboard. Do you do this over the strings??? I would think it would be bad for...
@Virginia Oman started 12 years ago - replies: 13
Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners

How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored for so long a bit of crud has accumulated on the surface?  I recently...
@Dusty Turtle started 2 years ago - replies: 3
Dusty Turtle

tightening a pickup jack

The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and creates a buzz when I play. Has anyone used one of these tighteners ?  Would...
@Dusty Turtle started 3 years ago - replies: 2
David Bennett

Dulcimer Repair Near Ringgold, GA?

Someone contacted me on Facebook last night saying that her husband inherited an old dulcimer and that it needs some repair. She is from Ringgold,...
@David Bennett started 3 years ago - replies: 6

Breaking strings

I always seem to end up with a broken string when playing any tuning except DADd.   Is there a trick?
@kathleen started 3 years ago - replies: 3

Another string-related question

So, I normally play in DAD, but I'm studying Jessica Comeau's book, and the songs I'm working on are mostly CGC.  Is it better to leave the...
@LisavB started 4 years ago - replies: 3
Glenda  Hubbard

Restoring the finish on old Dulcimers.

 There has been a discussion going on about restoring a Keith Young Dulcimer, For restoring the finish  Dusty turtle recommended a product called...
@Glenda Hubbard started 5 years ago - replies: 4
Guy Babusek

Cleaning Your Fretboard

@Guy Babusek started 7 years ago - replies: 1
Robin Thompson

Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs

The pegs went on the instrument in '03 and I am not the original owner.  I love these pegs and do not know whether I should attempt to tear into...
@Robin Thompson started 4 years ago - replies: 16

Played "junior luthier" today

Built a Cedar Creek solid walnut hourglass dulcimer earlier this year.  I could have done a better job on the frets, one in particular.  Buzz on 5,...
@LisavB started 4 years ago - replies: 2

Action-is it too high?

Hello Dulcifolks!     How does one know when the action of a dulcimer is too high?  I own two dulcimers.  One of them is much easier to play than...
@Rachael started 4 years ago - replies: 4
Jimmy Lamar

Humidifiers For Dulcimers? Essential Or Not?

The thought occurred to me today when I re-moistened my acoustic guitar humidifiers, and the one for my arch back electric guitar. My PA climate...
@Jimmy Lamar started 4 years ago - replies: 5
Guy Babusek

A Quick String Change

@Guy Babusek started 7 years ago - replies: 2
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