buffalogal472 wrote:I have a teardrop shape 28" nut to bridge mountain dulcimer. I have not played it in years. I went to tune it the Mixolydian Mode per the Mel Bay's Dulcimer Handbook I broke a sting. I thought I better get a set ofnew strings so I checked in the book. He uses 2-.10 guage, 1-.14 or .15 and 1-.22 or .24 guage. The music stores I go to have GHS sets that have 3-L12 and 1-LW20. I always played in Ionian Mode and tuned the strings to DDAA. I would like to try the Mixolydian mode. Are these strings going to be OK or should I try to mix and match with some guitar sets? Will the guitar strings be long enough?
Using a string set of .020/.012/.012/.012 (from bass to high strings) to tune to DAd on a 28" VSL dulcimer 'may' break your melody pair of strings. You would do much better to use a set more like the one you describe: 2-.10 guage, 1-.14 or .15 and 1-.22 or .24 guage. In other words, I suggest a .010 rather than a .012 for the high dd melody string at 28" VSL. But then again, some folks do use 12's for that and they do fine. I find it too tight and too much risk of breaking.
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