If you have a new instrument, and it doesn't have a good sound here's something you might try. First find the biggest thing around the house that vibrates. Not the washing machine but something that has a low rumble. when I build a new instrument, sometime it takes a moment to open or wake up. This is true fo all instruments. Some take longer that other. The tric that works the best for me though is this,, Get a very hard mandolin pick and strum it as if you playing a guitar.This is the position that I play mine in. I'm left handed so it is realy easy for me to note with my right hand and strum with my left hand. I'm an oddball. the first Dulcimer when I built it took a good long while to open up. I first put strings on it and played it for just a couple mins and said to myself, oh this sound like poop. But after two good hours of hard playing (Iwanted to see just how much it would take) opened up to the sweetest sound from heaven.
Howdy, good morning, and glad to see ya accepted my FR. The one question I have to ask is there any way to get a copy, or a zerox of the sound hole on your hammerdulcimer? I realy like it and would love to use it in one of my instruments. It is that awsome to have to ask you for premisson.
Thanks for the friend invite Vivian ! How could I have refused once I had found out that you are another HD player, lol
Thanks for being my new friend Vivian!! I am so happy to have found the FOFTMD site. I am using a beginner dulcimer, but the dealer I bought it from will give me a credit toward a McSpadden when I'm ready to move on. I'm still not sure what type of dulcimer I'd like, so I'm holding off until I know more. I might buy two - a McSpadden for DAA tuning and a more custom model from another luthier for DAd tuning.
Hey Vivian, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us. Merry Christmas.
Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!
Hi Vivian, and welcome to the wonderful world that we know as the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. A great place to spend some of your precious time and meet some wonderful people.
Hi Vivian, welcome to FOTMD!
By the way, one of our members here was looking for you recently concerning a dulcimer:
I hope you'll enjoy it here.