Wally Venable


Location: Morgantown WV
Country: USA

My Latest Followers:

Homer Ross Ken Longfield Strumelia


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My wife, Norma plays dulcimers. I make musical instruments as a creative activity, and play ukulele and U-Bass.

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Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 5 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"Folkcraft made and still makes teardrop dulcimer kits. If Pigeon Forge Strings built instrument from Folkcraft kits (or copied kit parts) who is the..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I frequently tell people ALL NEW INSTRUMENTS NEED TO BE SET UP AFTER ASSEMBLY. On factory made instruments this is often left to the retailer, or to be done..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one week ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Wood types:
"Actually she is buying 5mm plywood which is closer to 1/4 inch. Still a good route to a simple dulcimer with the advertised availability of a pre-built stick..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"The listing says "Banjo Tuner Tuning Key Head String Machine Peg Pegs Geared Tuners Parts Accessories Knobs Friction Set Keys Button 5String" If there are..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"There are some tuners which appear to be planetary on Ali Express for under $15 for a set of 4. The only review gave them a rating of 1 out of 5. Anyone want..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"It may be that the tuners on your instrument were not correctly installed. I looked ans some Amazon ads for these instruments, and they have the thick round..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"Looking at photo img-20240604-210414-914.jpg it seems clear to me that the problem is the result of putting fancy tuners of some sort on an instrument..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Jacob Niles":
"" .... Apparently, he strung them with Black Diamond guitar strings....." "Dulcimer strings" have only been sold for 20 years or so. Before that your major..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folk Instruments?":
"I'll go along with three "keys" to being a folk instrument: (1) Not usually encountered in a standardized form, with variations limited to size and..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Northern WV Dulcimer Doings:
"PattyFest 2024 - 1 June - Fairmont, WV Bob Lackey used to be a voice for this early summer gathering of the Gardner and Wartz crowd. The folks who run..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one month ago • comments: 36
Posted a new Comment on BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.:
"The best starting point is to find a local dulcimer group and attend a few of their gatherings. This isn't always practical, but if you can do it you will..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wartz-N-All Spring Fling -(WV):
"A good jam with a wide variety of instruments. Lap and hammered dulcimers, fiddles, autoharps, guitars, banjos and spoons. Mostly in the key of D, but the..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"I managed to find and stream the show on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Passport listings last night. My route was a search for "Ritchie" and it was..."

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Posted: Saturday November 25 2023, 9:30 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Looking for a Small Dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday October 26 2022, 11:06 AM
By: @Tom McShane


01/15/22 11:49:34AM @strumelia:

Wally, thank you SO much for your very thoughtful donation to FOTMD!  It is deeply appreciated.    sun       -Strumelia

Wally Venable
11/25/19 02:27:14PM @wally-venable:

The photo shows my first dulcimer project and my third.

The design of the first was based on a cardboard body instrument Norma borrowed for her first dulcimer class.

The third is an octave dulcimer tuned DAA, but an octave above the usual set of notes. It is short enough to fit in an airline carry-on bag.

Both have fingerboards made from 1x2 lumber, with most of the body constructed from 1/8" and 3/32" birch plywood.

Richard Streib
02/19/19 08:26:15PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Wallyvenable to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Sounds like a great event you will be attending. Best wishes on your musical journey.

Wally Venable
02/18/19 02:08:20PM @wally-venable:

I'll be at the Gardner Winter Music Fest this Saturday. http://www.gwmf.org

I'm playing with the DAA Strummers and OLLI Orchestra.

The GWMF has a lot of room for mountain dulcimer player or wanna be's. We enjoyed it last year. You can't beat the registration fee - FREE if you bring an instrument.


Ben Barr Jr
02/18/19 05:43:39AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Wally, 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.


Jim Fawcett
02/17/19 08:54:20PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Wally, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Ken Longfield
02/17/19 07:37:53PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Wally Venable. It is good to have you aboard. Look for West Virginia players under Groups and join that group.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."