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Jimmy Lamar

How Do You Sign Your MD?

I am getting close to gluing on the bottom of my first build. The top will be ready shortly after that. How do other builders sign their...
@Jimmy Lamar started 3 days ago - replies: 5
Glenda  Hubbard

Traditional Friction Tuners

 All you traditional dulcimer builders who use friction tuners. What is the best way to tune and tighten the pegs to where they are not slipping ?...
@Glenda Hubbard started 3 months ago - replies: 21
Bill Powell

Half way into a TMB ...

First post. I've been intrigued by dulcimers for some time, and even considered ordering a kit from Folkcraft or McSpadden. Then I happened on a...
@Bill Powell started 7 years ago - replies: 27
RavenMadd Garcia

any tips on making a replacement bridge

for a beat up old hughes  kit dulcimer ?...thank you
@RavenMadd Garcia started one week ago - replies: 8

Hughes kits

Hi, i see a lot of Hughes Kit dulcimer for sale for reasonable prices, and read in previous threads that while rustic looking, they have good...
@Lisa started one week ago - replies: 3
Jimmy Lamar

Let’s Discuss Volume

I am mostly addressing the builders here. Maybe I should have posted this over at the Builder’s Group Page. If so, pardon me. I’m still learning...
@Jimmy Lamar started 2 months ago - replies: 44
Richard Streib

Finish wearing on fretboard

I have a Walnut Valley dulcimer I purchased second hand in October 2018.  The instrument is immaculate and it appears to have never been played. I...
@Richard Streib started 2 weeks ago - replies: 12

Neck placement, box width

Hi everyone I'm thinking about building a wood box for my cardboard dulcimer. Does the neck have to go down the middle, or can it be offset a...
@Lisa started 2 weeks ago - replies: 8
Jimmy Lamar

Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?

A recent discussion coalesced in a thread below, which I thought deserved its own tread. I’m in the middle of two builds, which are my first two...
@Jimmy Lamar started 3 weeks ago - replies: 7

Scallop Fretboard Sound effects

I’m now aware they are not called arches but scallops. Thanks you Strumelia   Ken: Please forgive my ignorance for the use of the term (fret...
@Paparazzi started 4 weeks ago - replies: 23
Jimmy Lamar

Tennessee Music Box Plans?

Anyone have any resources for plans, etc. for building a TMB?
@Jimmy Lamar started 2 months ago - replies: 11

Elliptical Dulcimer Build

Having completed (sort of, it's getting coats of tung oil) my strum stick dulcimer, I got back onto the elliptical dulcimer. Now I don't know...
@Dumor3D started 2 months ago - replies: 11

Building the dulcimer/mandolin based on Musicmaker's plans

  I recently case across a set of free mandolin plans from Musicmakers. I was attracted to the elongated teardrop shape and the simplicity of the...
@tukanu started one month ago - replies: 5
Glenda  Hubbard

1.5 fret under middle string ?

 Best approach to placing a 1.5 fret just under the middle string on my dulcimer?  I had a staple  flattened out and glued in for a while for a...
@Glenda Hubbard started one month ago - replies: 4

Electric Bass Dulcimer

i would like to build an electric solid body bass dulcimer. Does anyone know of plans that are available? Also, what pickup would you suggest?...
@Carverdw started one month ago - replies: 4
Jimmy Lamar

Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?

Does the distance between the bridge and the end pins matter that much? This story probably sounds familiar, but I was building what I thought...
@Jimmy Lamar started one month ago - replies: 4
Jimmy Lamar

What Pick-Up To Buy?

For the builders who use pick-ups, what brand, type, and model have been successful for you? The purist in me wants to keep this build acoustic...
@Jimmy Lamar started 2 months ago - replies: 4
Jimmy Lamar

Ball End Strings: What End Pins?

Coming from an acoustic guitar background, I want to stick with ball end strings for my dulcimer build. Reasons: 1. I have quite a few of them....
@Jimmy Lamar started 2 months ago - replies: 11
Dave D

Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit

I just picked up this vintage Folkcraft kit (~30 years old according to the seller). It's for a solid spruce top teardrop with mahogany side and...
@Dave D started 2 months ago - replies: 9

Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans

I am in the middle of one dulcimer build using a free plan I found on the internet. I suppose it is a teardrop except both ends are symmetrical. I...
@Dumor3D started 2 months ago - replies: 14
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