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Chromatic Conversions.

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:05 am
by r3krobert
I wonder if anyone out there knows someone out there who will convert a standard dulcimer to a chromatic. If so, at what cost. Thanks, Robert

Re: Chromatic Conversions.

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:06 pm
by KenH
Robert;

This is not the best place on this site to ask your question. This is the Marketplace-- an area where folks sell instruments and accessories, not do luthier repairs. Hardly anyone will see your post here. Better to ask you question under the Jam Session, Playing or even Building sections of the site.

Why, may I ask, do you want to convert to a chromatic fretboard? Why not just re-tune to get the notes you need/want? Are you experienced playing a chromatic dulcimer? There are those of us who don't even consider it a dulcimer anymore when you add frets to a diatonic dulcimer!

Converting from diatonic to chromatic is a moderately expensive changeup; I'd guess on the order of $20 or $25 per added fret. You'd almost be better off buying a new or used chromatic than modifying a diatonic.

Re: Chromatic Conversions.

PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 11:45 am
by r3krobert
KenH wrote:Robert;

This is not the best place on this site to ask your question. This is the Marketplace-- an area where folks sell instruments and accessories, not do luthier repairs. Hardly anyone will see your post here. Better to ask you question under the Jam Session, Playing or even Building sections of the site.

Why, may I ask, do you want to convert to a chromatic fretboard? Why not just re-tune to get the notes you need/want? Are you experienced playing a chromatic dulcimer? There are those of us who don't even consider it a dulcimer anymore when you add frets to a diatonic dulcimer!

Converting from diatonic to chromatic is a moderately expensive changeup; I'd guess on the order of $20 or $25 per added fret. You'd almost be better off buying a new or used chromatic than modifying a diatonic.


To answer your first question...I want it as a jam instrument to use where keys chosen change faster than one can retune. Question 2.... No, I'm not, but I've seen how a chromatic works in that situation. Whether some folks no longer think of anything other than diatonic as a dulcimer isn't of great concern to me. Opinions change. I suspect you're entirely correct about where I posted and whether I'm better off buying a used chromatic. Unfortunately, my financial resourses are extremely limited. In any case, I thank you for your helpful input.