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Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References

Discussion and review on books, manuals, references and other forms publications on mountain dulcimer building  
@Appalachiandreamer started 2 weeks ago - replies: 13

Making sound holes

I'm new to fotmd and also this group. My first dulcimer is a Cripple Creek Dulcimer kit that has sat in its box in the basement for too many years....
@desnewbie started 2 weeks ago - replies: 6

Next Dulcimer Completed

Dulcimer #4 finally completed. Made from re-purposed wood. Peghead, tailblock, fretboard, back and sides are cherry from a broken table I found...
@JCM started 4 weeks ago - replies: 5
Will Adams

Air dried vs. kiln dried woods

Hi! I'm both new to the site and to the world of dulcimer building. I'm wondering what people's informed opinions are regarding air dried vs....
@Will Adams started 7 months ago - replies: 12

Where can I get dulcimer wood?

Okay, folks, that build dulcimers.   WHERE can I get dulcimer sides, back and top for making dulcimers?   I was on a site a few months ago and it...
@IRENE started one month ago - replies: 4
Paula Brawdy


Steinburger 40:1 locking tuners or Planet waves 18:1 locking with auto trim. Okay, technical question, if you had to choose between the...
@Paula Brawdy started one month ago - replies: 1

Strange Intermittent Buzzing "Wahh" noise appearing

Hi folks, I've got a strange thing going on - my latest Dulcimer is making a strange noise every now and again... It seems to be occurring when I...
@tpatts started 2 months ago - replies: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs

I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his dulcimers. He wants planetary peg and I am using the ones sold by...
@Ken Longfield started 6 months ago - replies: 23
Ken Longfield

Current build

Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The dulcimer body is made of Paduk which my luthier friend gave me. He is making two...
@Ken Longfield started 2 months ago - replies: 8

What Thickness do you use for the Top & Bottom boards?

Hi all, I've just finished Dulcimer #3, scratch-built to my own design. This instrument has a body made from Douglas Fir (it smells absolutely...
@tpatts started 2 months ago - replies: 5

Number 173 finished

Black Walnut is perhaps my favorite wood, a little curl makes it really special.
@WildMeadow started last year - replies: 0

Holly Leaf Dulcimer

Question for Ken. How did you handle the corners on that dulcimer? Just a butt joint or did you miter the corner. I'm also assuming a brace block...
@hineps83 started 4 months ago - replies: 4

Tips for using loop end strings on a build?

Hi, I’m getting ready to start dulcimer #3 and have just purchased some d’darrio dulcimercstrings with loop ends. Being a long time guitar player...
@tpatts started 4 months ago - replies: 8

Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play

hi every one! I’m looking to build my 3rd dulcimer. my first was a 26” vsl large box dulcimer, my second was a 20” vsl elliptical design. For...
@tpatts started 5 months ago - replies: 12

Humbucker stye pickup...?

Hi all, has anyone put a humbucker style pickup on a dulcimer? If so, would you use one with 3 silver dots (I think they’re called cores?) for a...
@tpatts started 5 months ago - replies: 3

Placement for Piezo Pickup

Hi all, I’m about to embark on my second dulcimer build - an elliptical 20” vsl with a pine (softwood at least) 1.5inch deep body. The body won’t...
@tpatts started 6 months ago - replies: 5

Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs

Hi, All,      Out of curiosity, what makers still produce dulcimers with VSLs of 27" and up?  I know of Bear Meadow, Ron Ewing, and McSpadden....
@Garret started 9 months ago - replies: 13

How is that cherry

@WildMeadow started 6 months ago - replies: 1

Dulcimer #2

  This is my second dulcimer build.   It was completed at this year's Dulcimer University Week at Western Carolina University.     The...
@kdparker started 6 months ago - replies: 8

Looking for help with a Hughes kit

I have a Hughes Hourglass Mountain Dulcimer Kit with no instruction booklet. I have built a few kits and instruments from scratch but this one has...
@daman2610 started 6 months ago - replies: 6
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