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Best wood for noters

Postby Tony » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:09 pm

Hello All, Belated Happy New Year, Peace. My question is as follows. What are some of the best woods to make noters from. I suspect that the harder the wood, the better noter in terms of wear. Thanks for your kind attention. Tony
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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby KenH » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:41 pm

Here are some of my favorites. IIRC there's a bigger list in my Get Noterized booklet:
http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/files ... _Hulme.pdf

Look for woods with high Janka Hardness ratings.

4500 Lignum vitae
3800 Snakewood
3200 Ebony
2900 Mesquite
2700 Olive
1860 Purpleheart
1820 Hickory
1660 Pear
1630 Wenge
1450 Hard Maple
1380 Bamboo a.k.a. Cane (not a wood)
1360 White Oak
1320 Ash
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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby danc9 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:37 am

Cane or bamboo.

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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby dholeton » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:55 am

I've had some luck with dogwood (2150 lbf on Janka scale) and black walnut (1010 lbf on Janka scale). Sometimes with certain songs I've experienced too much noter noise and when I switched to bamboo or cane I reduced the noise.

Also, we had a discussion on noters back in June 2017 with lots of inputs from many players who use noters.

http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=33434

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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby Robin the Busker » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:11 am

Tony wrote:Hello All, Belated Happy New Year, Peace. My question is as follows. What are some of the best woods to make noters from. I suspect that the harder the wood, the better noter in terms of wear. Thanks for your kind attention. Tony


Hi Tony,

The June 17 discussion topic that Dave points to covers a lot of ground on this topic. I would suggest that you experiment, because every noter has it's own timbre. Mind you, I can even hear a tonal change in my instruments when I change my noter grip!!!! In general, I tend to use the softer hardwoods the most as I like to 'kill' any excess sounds. However, I used a goose quill end a few weeks back for a recording I was doing to get the tone I wanted from a particular instrument and just last week I used one of the Snakewood noters that Ken made for me for a specific tune - again because it gave me the timbre and playability I was after for a specific piece of music on a specific dulcimer.

I burn through noters quickly and will re-sand a noter end as often as a fiddler rosins their bow (in fact, that is a very accurate comparison). I have noters and bits of sandpaper everywhere around the house and in all my dulcimer cases :lol:

So, I would suggest experimenting as much as you can. Let your choices be led by two things: Firstly your ears and secondly the feel of the noter in your hands when playing.

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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby Robin T » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:24 pm

John Henry Crocker made several noters for me from various woods. And my very favorite is one he identified as Yew.
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Re: Best wood for noters

Postby KenH » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:08 pm

I've got a lot of .07" thin Yew that is 1.5" wide -- leftovers from an archer's bowbuilding project, and I've been making it into plectrums for olde style strumming...
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