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08/04/21 01:54:31PM @marg:

(my new to me 1998 FolkCraft CF-300 )

Beautiful looking and I'm sure sounds wonderful - will be a good dulcimer on this adventure. 

Jim Fawcett
07/25/21 06:12:13PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey SVL, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Richard Streib
07/23/21 08:54:09PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Sunvalleylaw to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great place to learn, to ask questions, and make many dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.

07/23/21 09:35:07AM @sunvalleylaw:

Thanks folks!  I uploaded a pic of my new to me 1998 FolkCraft CF-300 I found.  Just got it in.  It has a nice sound, and I I think will be a good one for me to learn on and try this thing.  Paduk back and sides, spruce top, not sure if the fretboard is ebony or wenge.  

I need to adjust the action and put on the strap buttons.  No big deal I would think.  I restrung it with .11s, a .13, and a .24.  But I broke one of the .11s over tuning *doh!* so threw a .10 on from a guitar set of strings I had laying around and was not using.  Will work for now.  

I like the sound of it.  So far have just been messing around with pressing on the frets of the melody strings, and trying out the chord shapes I learned from Dean Robinson on some videos I found at Old Growth Dulcimers out of Olympia, WA.  As said, I need to bring the action down some, starting up at the bridge.  I found you guys searching about how one does that on a dulcimer.  Turns out it is pretty much similar to an acoustic guitar for the most part it sounds.  

So, will get that done at some point here.  

Also, not sure why my profile pic shows up sideways sometimes.  But, you can still see the dulcimer, which was the point.

Thanks for the welcome!

Ben Barr Jr
07/23/21 09:15:01AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Sun, 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.


Ken Longfield
07/23/21 08:19:37AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Sunvalleylaw. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."