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@skip • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD Chat Room!":
"MaryB: Where is the general discussion area, I thought I was there! Sorry, I do have difficulty navigating this site.... The blue cloud with a tail in a..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Expensive hobby in the UK. Looks like I'm buying a lathe :D:
"And you can always fasten a finger pick on the spoon handle for wear."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Tunings ....:
"@Strumelia : ` That is probably the most cogent and elegant description I've ever read about tunings and modes. I saved it. To bad it can't be stickied."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Expensive hobby in the UK. Looks like I'm buying a lathe :D:
"A long dowel or chopstick held by a strap around her wrist  [or palm?] or fingerless glove may help. Large diameter noter. Try a different way of holding..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Tunings ....:
"Aire; Assuming your mandolin is tuned G3-d4-a4-e'5, low to high, then your dulcimer is D3-A3-d4, low to high. Your mandolin is a chromatic Instrument, a..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on High strings:
"Dime next to the 1st fret. I suggest you start with the bridge, remove a bit from the bottom, check both. Then go to the nut. It's not going to take much on..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on High strings:
"Did you check from on top the 7th fret or next to it? It should be on the 7th. Sand off from the bottom and check often."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Buying my wife a Dulcimer - string gauges question:
"This is the gauge chart most recommended. It runs a bit light so you can go 1-2 gauges heavier. http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret":
"You could try flipping the bridge over to eliminate the bridge [notch] as the problem. Hopefully the slant of the string will counter the bottom being square. "
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret":
"Have you checked the action, nickel/dime method? A strip of paper under the nut/bridge will raise the action. Edit: In your user photo it looks like you're..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Program to catalog and display song tabs:
"Here's the one I use. https://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"No. You don't 'need' the doubled melody string. "
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on How thick are a nickel and a dime? Action height question.:
"The 'slots' in the nut/bridge are really just a nick in the the material. My usual practice is to slant the string bearing surface away from the VSL and..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths":
"I guess y'all are discussin' that percission  string support thingamajig. You know, the one on one other end from the string tightener doohickys. Back here..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Teardrop Dulcimer plans with shorter VSL:
"Have you considered just making a shorter VSL using the original plans?"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths":
"Here's a few confusion factors just for fun; Consider that pressing a string on a fret creates a new VSL, so fretting at the 7th [or other] fret leaves an..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Wood Cupping When Thin :
"That has happened to me on resawing. The newly cut surface is wetter than the uncut side. This causes the wood to curl up towards the drier surface. Good..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on First dulcimer:
"A dime [~ .050"] on the fretboard next to the 1st fret and a nickel [~ .075"] on top of the 7th [octave] fret. This will give a good action on a chord/melody..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Sympathetic Strings:
"Lutes, guitars, a bunch of instruments from India, like sitar,etc. Looked it up."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Sympathetic Strings:
"I wonder if making a new nut and bridge with slots cut for 2 levels of strings, one high and one low for a 4-6 string  dulcimer would work as a test bed. It..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on 2nd dulcimer build custom cardboard:
"Don't need to radius the slot, it's going to be full of glue and wood, and will be plenty strong, no stress to speak off. A table saw cut will work as well...."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"The fret placement calculations are the same. The only thing I can think of from the ones I made, is leveling seems to be more sensitive.  Check out..."

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Does using a capo change the key or not


Using a capo does NOT change the key on a MD, it changes the MODE and...
@Skip last year - Comments: 35
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Mountain Dulcimers in the Rio Grande Valley [RGV]


Anyone coming to, or living in, the RGV is invited to play with our MD...
@Skip 3 years ago - Comments: 0
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Tuning VS Keys, Clearing the air


Many folks seem to equate tuning and key. They are NOT the same, or...
@Skip 3 years ago - Comments: 1
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TablEdit Viewer for Android


Just saw this for anyone interested....
@Skip 6 years ago - Comments: 0
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Finding the volume of a MD body during the build.


Line the body of the dulcimer before final glue up of the top/bottom...
@Skip 8 years ago - Comments: 33
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What's your choice for a tuning?


I have my dulcimer and banjo-dulcimer tuned to DF#A right now but may...
@Skip 9 years ago - Comments: 3
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Circle of fifths, intervals


I'm still figuring this site out. I don't work with photo's much....
@Skip 9 years ago - Comments: 16

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Is there someplace I can find the tunings...

Posted: Tuesday September 18 2012, 8:59 PM
By: @Skip

Mixed, compatible tunings.

Posted: Friday August 3 2012, 11:54 PM
By: @Paul Certo

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Ann T. Evans
05/20/19 12:22:43PM @ann-t-evans:

Thanks... I just downloaded a trial copy on my computer & it looks like just what I need!


John Keane
10/20/11 05:06:12PM @john-keane:
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD from a former Arkansan (El Dorado)!
Jim Fawcett
10/20/11 04:37:05PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey Skip, welcome aboard. Glad ay found us.