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  2. Hello Bill, what is the vibrating string length (which is probably about the same as the body length) on this beautiful instrument? Thanks, Kenny
  3. I don't know Hunt as a builder either. If I had to guess, the top could be wormy (sometimes called 'pecky') chestnut perhaps salvaged from an old barn timber. The sides look like commercially-available decorative pine molding; the fretboard, head and tail are walnut. The rest follows what my friend KenL said, including the potential price.
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  5. Somehow I missed this post two years ago, but like Noterman, I don't see a need for removable feet, as that like something that is easy to lose. On the other hand, if that's what someone wants and think he/she will use it, why not. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  6. While Amburgey dulcimers are in the line of the Kentucky tradition, his are new enough that they won't command a great price should you sell one. They are mostly of interested to dulcimore collectors. I won't venture a value as it really depends upon the market and interest of potential buyers. Old instruments are not of particular interest to people new the dulcimer who dislike wood pegs and diatonic fret boards. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. David -- we're talking about removeable "feet" here -- not removeable "frets".
  8. That's Jethro Amburgy, not Jepta. To those of us who favor the older, more traditional dulcimores from "the Masters", such instruments have "a certain value" depending on the maker anw ehre the insturment falls in his catalogue of creations. The best place to ask about traditional dulcimers is to join The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimer site: Home | TTAD- The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore
  9. I know this is a VERY old thread, but who ever bought this, would you be willing to sell it to me? I know Nic Hambas retired from making instruments and I missed my chance to get a bowed dulcimer of his. Please let me know. Sincerely. connor@pixelgrill.com 214-340-5244
  10. Hello I am new to the forum lookin for some info , I have aJeptha Amburgy hand built dulcimer it is very traditional built in 1968 .The luthier was a teacher at the Hindman Ky Settlement School, in Knott co Kentucky It has traditional friction tuners and appears to be cheery wood ,do these old instruments in great shape have a value. It plays very well, is a 3 string. Thanks for any info above is all I could find out.
  11. Contact Dwain Wilder at Bear Meadow Dulcimers regarding his “Flexi-Fret” system
  12. I'm a builder if nyckelharpas who recently came into possession of an 11/7 antique hammered dulcimer. I don't know its age, but the use of cut nails holding on the back places it probably some time before 1890-1900; with that type of nails, it could be up to 50 years earlier than that. There are 4 strings in every course. The blue tape in the first picture is holding onto 4 loose tuning pegs with a crack running through their holes, as you can see in the second picture. I'm guessing the crack was caused by .027" steel strings having been installed on the entire instrument at some time, which seems way too heavy for the upper treble. I plan to reinforce the instrument internally from the back. I may or may not be able to close the crack. If I can't close it, I don't want to drill 4 new holes way back from the crack; I'll just use 3 strings in each of the top 4 courses. My issue is how the instrument should be strung and tuned. Here's some further information: The longest course crossing the bass bridge is 635 mm from bass bridge to left nut. The shortest course crossing the bass bridge is 493 mm from bass bridge to left nut. The longest course on the treble bridge is 466 mm from right nut to treble bridge, and 305 mm from treble bridge to left nut. The shortest course on the treble bridge is 237 mm from right nut to treble bridge, and 160 mm from treble bridge to left nut. I would very much appreciate any and all suggestions anyone might have for how it should be tuned and what diameter strings should be used. Or, if anyone has a suggestion just for tuning and knows roughly how many pounds of tension are appropriate for each string on a hammered dulcimer, I can calculate what diameter of strings to use for each course. With that information, I'm confident I can get it playing without seriously altering its appearance or antique nature. Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help or point me to some appropriate resource. Best regards, Rob
  13. Ebook - How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - $19.95 Ebook Title: How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - In PDF format. Subject: This is an Educational, Informational, and How To Ebook. It is the Ins and Outs of Becoming A Better Dulcimer Player with written examples, sound files and bonus song files. (+ or -) 576) Author: Burt I. Kahn Description: The ideas and song files presented in this Ebook are of my own creation, based upon over 20 years of playing the dulcimer. The bonus songs, which are in the Public Domain, are all my own arrangements of songs that you may or may not know. There are some of my original songs contained in the bonus materials of which I give permission to play to all who have purchased this Ebook. The material presented is copyrighted to me. You have permission to print the articles and/or songs for your own use. Number of Pages: 73 plus 576 tabs of music in PDF format. Contents: 29 Chapters 16 Appendices 576 Bonus Songs in Tablature 11 Sound (MIDI) files What You Will Receive: A CD containing 29 chapters and 16 Appendices in PDF format. In addition you will receive Bonus Songs +/-: In PDF format • Capo Songs - 150 • Christmas Songs - 42 • Hymns - 56 • Patriotic - 7 • Standards - 315 Table of Contents Legal Disclaimers.............................................................................. 2 Preface...............................................................................................3 1Chapter 1 How To Buy Your First and Subsequent Dulcimers..........6 Chapter 2 How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player................8 Chapter 3 Finger Placements......................................................10 Chapter 4 The Bass Dulcimer – Do You Need One? ….................12 Chapter 5 Crooked Tunes...........................................................15 Chapter 6 Jigs.............................................................................16 Chapter 7 Guitar Chord Shapes..................................................17 Chapter 8 Harmony.....................................................................18 Chapter 9 The Pentatonic Scale.................................................. 19 Chapter 10 Intros and Outros........................................................21 Chapter 11 Backup Chords In The Key Of G...............................23 Chapter 12 Bending Notes............................................................24 Chapter 13 Finger Positions and Economy of Motion.................25 Chapter 14 Adding Variety to Your Playing.................................26 Chapter 15 Embellishments and Other Tips..................................28 Chapter 16 Three Approaches To Playing The Same Song...........29 Chapter 17 Don't Look..................................................................31 Chapter 18 How Can You Join The Jam If You Don't Know The Song?................................................................................................32 Chapter 19 Timing.........................................................................33 Chapter 20 Harmony On The Fly..................................................34 Chapter 21 Neighborly Playing.....................................................36 Chapter 22 Partner Songs..............................................................37 Chapter 23 Dulcimer Strings...........................................................39 Chapter 24 Sources of Dulcimer Tablature.......................................40 Chapter 25 Capos and How to Use Them….....................................41 Chapter 26 Dulcimer Picks and How To Use Them.........................43 Chapter 27 Dulcimer Pickups. Do You Need One?..........................44 Chapter 28 Dulcimer Care and Maintenance....................................45 Chapter 29 Writing, Arranging, and Documenting Your Songs.......46 Appendices: Appendix A - Fair Use Law Definition............................................46 Appendix B - Public Domain Definition........................................47 Appendix C - The Twinkling Stars of Sadness................................48 Appendix D – Guitar Chord Shapes................................................49 Appendix E – Amazing Grace Melody and Harmony.....................53 Appendix F – Finger Placement......................................................57 Appendix G – Jigs...........................................................................59 Appendix H – Capos........................................................................61 Appendix J - Neighborly Playing...................................................65 Appendix K – Sources of Dulcimer Tablature.................................68 Appendix L – Bonus Free Dulcimer Tab Standards.......................69 Appendix M – Bonus Free Dulcimer Tab Hymns..........................70 Appendix N – Bonus Free Dulcimer Tab Patriotic.........................71 Appendix O – Bonus Free Dulcimer Tab Rounds..........................72 Appendix P – Bonus Free Dulcimer Tab Christmas.......................73 Your Cost - Only $19.95 - Free Shipping The CD will be enclosed in a CD sleeve and shipped to you in a CD Mailer. 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  14. Sir, I am having some computer trouble transferring photos. But if you would not mind lookiing on another site (FOTMD.com), I have two dulcimers listed there that might meet your need. There are multiple photos of each one. One is the Bear Meadow dulcimer, and one is the Gila Mountain Dulcimer. Both are 4-string, and the Gila Mountain has an internal sound pickukp. They both were bought new, and have only just been strummed a few times, to demonstrate them in showing my collection. Details are listed with each one. If you would go there to look at them, and let me know what you think, I will try to resolve the issue i am having in transferring the photos. Thanks, Bill Howard
  15. I have some others that might be better suited to playing. This Presnell is more of a collector's item i think. Let me get some photos together this evening, and I will send them to you to see if any of them would interest you. Thanks for your inquiry.
  16. Hi Bill, Just wanted to know if this beautiful Presnell dulcimer is sold and if you are posting the balance of your collection on this site as well? I have not been playing dulcimer but for a few years and started very late in life. I am not much of a strummer and mainly do old ballads and slower songs because nerve issues and cancer has affected motor skills. It would most likely be better for me to convert this one to a 3 or 4 string for that reason. Do you think one like this would work or do you have another more suited to my style? I like warmer sounding dulcimers...less traditional. Thanks for your thoughts.
  17. Hi! Are there any mountain dulcimer players or groups in the vicinity of Monroe, Wisconsin? Planning to move there and looking for players to jam with. Thx!
  18. Thanks for the additional photos. The holes look very much like what one finds in what is called wormy wood. It is from insect larvae. With the close up of the sides I think the wood may be walnut of a slightly lighter color than the back. Again, just my best guesses. Ken "the dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  19. I revised this post with more photos. Hopefully the better lighting helps!
  20. Yes, the top is definitely lighter than the back. I’m posting a couple more pics of the holes so maybe someone can tell me if they are from insects? Thanks so much for your help!!
  21. I am not familiar with W. S. Hall. It appears to be a well built dulcimer in the Kentucky tradition. It is a mountain(Appalachian) dulcimer. It does not have a 6 1//2 fret nor can it be set up as four equidistant strings. It has double melody strings. The wood of the back, fret board, and peg head is walnut. I'm not sure about the top. I can't tell if those are nail holes or from insects. It appears to be pine, but it could be something else like spruce. The sides are nicely decorated, but I can' tell what type of wood it is. It appears lighter than the back Traditionally it would be the same type of wood as the back. Now as to value, since this is an unknown maker and no 6 1/2 fret, but is well construction and nicely decorated, I would value it from $150 to $300. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion and I an open to what others think. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  22. Here is a photo my wife snapped of me playing on the porch this morning. I'm playing my Blue Lion dulcimer here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  23. Hello! I know really nothing about dulcimers and I’m trying to list this dulcimer for sale but I would like to give prospective buyers correct details. Can anyone help? I’m not sure what type of wood, kind of finish, mountain dulcimer or something else, the value…etc. I have tried to research W.S.Hall and can’t find anything. If anyone can give me any info I would greatly appreciate it! Note- the last pictures are closer to the actual color, the lighting is hard to get right (Revision) Posting more photos to see if anyone else has more info, thanks!!
  24. Thanks Admin, I’ll check that out.
  25. The only one I'm aware of is Erin Mae's Chromatic Chord Encyclopedia, which is very comprehensive. I don't know of a free one, but it would be great to know if there's one out there. This is hers: https://www.erinmaemusic.com/product-page/chromatic-dulcimer-chord-encyclopedia
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