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  2. I agree with what has been posted. It does look like the nut is missing. I would replace all the tuners if it were my dulcimer. Another option for tuners is to go with geared violin pegs, but you might need to ream out the holes to match the taper of pegs. The easiest is just get a new set similar to what you already have. There are many Asian companies that make covered geared tuners like you have on your dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  3. Yes -- you could add another tuner, or replace all 4 with different tuners. Finding a single matching tuner would be the tricky bit. Less hassle just to replace all of them. What I can see is that the nut which should raise the strings above the frets seems to be completely missing -- it should go in that slot between the tuning head and the end of the fretboard. That is a simple enough fix, which I can certainly help you with. Some more overall photos may help us identify the brand or maker, and another closer up photo a bit farther down, showing the gap at the tuning head and the first few frets would be helpful. .
  4. Welcome! You could add a 4th tuner, but it's not necessary. Many dulcimers are just 3-strings. Depending on how the nut and bridge are cut it may be setup to allow 4 equidistant strings, a doubled melody string (like on a mandolin) or possibly both. It might also be set up to have a double middle or bass string, but that's fairly uncommon. If you want to add the tuner you could probably find by hunting around online. StewMac might be a good place to start if you want find something that would be a drop in fit without having to drill additional holes. Really any tuner would work or they could all be changed out for a matching set if it's not possible to find one with similar appearance. As above though, it's entirely optional. 3-strings is perfectly fine. A lot of players will take a string off a 4-string dulcimer to eliminate a doubled melody string and that may be what happened here, though I can't say I've seen someone take the tuner off too. Usually that's left in place in case someone wants to go back.
  5. I know almost nothing about dulcimers. Picked up an old, inexpensive mountain dulcimer to learn the instrument. It looks like it should have 4, not three strings as it is. Where could I find this style tuner? Or could I replace them all with another style?
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  7. Modern Mountain Bass Dulcimer made by David McKenney. Wood: Top: Walnut Sides: Walnut Back: Walnut Fret Board: Walnut with Ebony overlay. Length: Overall: 37½ inches Lower bout: 8 1/8 inches Upper bout: 6 ¾ inches Thickness:2 ¼ inches Fret board: 31 inches Tuners: Planet Wave self-trimming machine Tuners(These tuners added $100. to the initial cost of the dulcimer) There is a non-functioning pickup inside the dulcimer. It does not affect the sound. This dulcimer has excellent volume and sustain. The cost of a new bare bones bass dulcimer from David is $850. What is included: The pictured bass dulcimer Embroidered adjustable lap strap from Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is not included. No case/bag. Costs: Dulcimer: $400. Shipping: via UPS - Shipping fee $120.00. Box and bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts - $30.. Insurance: $15. Grand total shipping: $165. Total cost with shipping: $565. Dulcimer can picked up in Bradenton, FL. No shipping costs that way.
  8. Baritone Dulcimer For Sale $400. Modern Mountain Baritone Dulcimer made by David McKenney. Wood: Top: Western Cedar Sides: Rosewood Back: Rosewood Fret Board: Rosewood with Ebony overlay. Length: Overall: 37½ inches Lower bout: 8 1/8 inches Upper bout: 6 1/8 inches Thickness:2 ¼ inches Fret board: 31 ½ inches This dulcimer has excellent volume and sustain. This dulcimer is tuned to ADA to play in the keys of D and G. Retuning the dulcimer to AEA will allow you to play in the key of A. The cost of a new bare bones baritone dulcimer from David is $850. + shipping. What is included: The pictured baritone dulcimer Embroidered adjustable lap strap from Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is not included. No case/bag. Costs: Dulcimer: $400. Shipping: via UPS - Shipping fee $120.00. Box and bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts - $30.. Insurance: $15. Grand total shipping: $165. Total cost with shipping: $565. Dulcimer can picked up in Bradenton, FL. No shipping costs that way.
  9. Ann Finley made this video of the Gathering which captures the spirit of the event. Enjoy. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  10. Hi Alphie. We welcome all levels of players. All of us are experienced players at different places on our dulcimer journey. Since we play noter/drone style (or finger dancing) exclusively, it isn't difficult for a beginner. All the notes will be on the melody string. Since we can't hear each other you don't need to embarrassd about making mistakes. I sometimes find myself getting lost by missing a repeat, or hitting th wrong fret while reading the tab. The more you practice (play the tunes) the easier it becomes and plying with others, even on Zoom, is a great way to improve your playing. Most of the tunes we play are in DAA, but we do sometimes play in other tunings by retuning the melody string. Join us at The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore and give it try. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  11. Ken, Thanks for this. I may be able to drop in sometimes. Is it geared for beginners, intermediate, or advanced players? I would be in the first group. 😄
  12. Custom Wormy Chestnut Mountain Dulcimer $400.00 . This dulcimer was custom built using Wormy Chestnut for the sound board (top). I have never seen another dulcimer with this wood. Its original cost was $650. The soft case (by Lee Felt) cost $125. The fret board is 31 1/8 inches Overall length is 38¼ inches. Depth is 1 ¾ inches. Sound holes: S - Shaped The fret board shows no wear. Top: Wormy Chestnut Sides: Walnut Fret Board: Walnut Back: Walnut Scroll Head: Walnut Four tuners - strung in DAD. What is included: Dulcimer Soft Green Dulcimer Bag with hand strap and shoulder strap by Lee Felt Adjustable lap strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Pickup is the least expensive option. Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $120. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $715. total for this dulcimer. It is in excellent condition. It is worth a lot more than $400.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  13. Custom McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer $200.00 . This dulcimer was custom built by McSpadden. . The skeleton scroll head (walnut) was added. Its original cost was $450. The hard case cost $65. The fret board is 29¾ inches. Overall length is 36¼ inches. Depth is 1 ¾ inches. Sound holes: Heart Shaped The fret board shows some wear right above the strum hollow. Top: Western Cedar Sides : Walnut Fret Board: Walnut Back : Bookend matched Walnut Scroll Head: Dark Walnut Four tuners - strung in DAD. This dulcimer had a hairline crack on the soundboard (top). It was repaired by McSpadden and is not visible. It was located above, looking straight on, one of the heart sound holes. Photo #5 was taken to show the location. The repair did not affect the sound. What is included: Dulcimer Hard Black Dulcimer Case Adjustable lap strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Pickup is the least expensive option. Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $130. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $515. total for this dulcimer. It is in excellent condition. It is worth a lot more than $200.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  14. Bill Taylor Chromatic Double Back Mountain Dulcimer $600.00 There are so many songs that we would like to play, especially those in contemporary music, which is beyond the capabilities of our diatonic instruments. Yes, we can play in D-G-Bm-and Em. If we have a 1½ fret we can also play in Am-Dm and some songs in the key of C. With a chromatic dulcimer we can play in every key. We now have all of the notes in every key. I know that seeing all those frets seems daunting; however, the distance between notes is still the same. What has been added is half-notes (sharps and flats). This Bill Taylor classic chromatic mountain dulcimer was made by Bill, roughly around 2004. Of all the dulcimers that Bill made over the years (1500+), this was his first chromatic one. I chose every piece of wood for this custom dulcimer, including the rare South American Canary Wood, which is a hardwood. It is a member of the Tulip Tree family of woods. . The wood used by Bill is as follows: Sides and 2nd back - rare South American Canary Wood. Fret Board - East Indian Rosewood over Canary Wood. Top - Western Cedar 1st Back - Western Cedar Scroll Head - Canary Wood - Walnut - Canary Wood End Cap - Rosewood Four tuners - Only three strung in DAD. The fourth string is on the lap-side of the dulcimer, held by a brass pins. In case of the melody string breaking, the fourth string can be moved up quickly for replacement. The pin can be seen in a vertical photo. What is included: Dulcimer Black Soft Dulcimer Bag made by Lee Felt (The Bag Lady). The bag has a handle for hand carry and a shoulder strap. Adjustable lab strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! • This instrument has excellent volume and excellent sustain. This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $120. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $1200. For this dulcimer. It is in prime condition. It is worth more than $600.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  15. I'm just bumping this up hoping some folks who enjoy traditional style playing might drop by. All are welcome. One of the nice things about meeting on Zoom is that no one hears your mistakes. Everyone except the tune leader is muted. We can only hear the leader and ourself playing. We are pretty easygoing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  16. Dulcimer sold wxithin hours. Thank you for looking. I will have a Bill Taylor Chromatic dulcimer for sale soon.
  17. A visit to the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center's dulcimer collection. Chris Miller speaks to us about the dulcimers. In the foreground is a dulcimer made by L. Allen Smith.
  18. Our meeting place and home for the Traditonal Dulcimore Gathering.
  19. Bill Taylor Resonator Double Back Wood Spirit Mountain Dulcimer $850.00 This Bill Taylor classic mountain dulcimer was made by Bill, roughly around 2004. Of all the dulcimers that Bill made over the years (1500+), he made very few with this hand-carved Wood Spirit strum hollow. This addition added $100. to the cost of the dulcimer. It is priced at $850. Free shipping! The wood used by Bill is as follows: Back and sides - Curly Cherry 1st Back and Sound board - Western Cedar Scroll head -Cherry-Maple-Cherry Fret Board - Vertical Grain Cherry with an Ebony overlay Back - Curly Maple Four tuners - Only three strung in DAD. The fourth string is on the lab-side of the dulcimer, held by two brass pins. In case of melody string breaking, the fourth string can be moved up quickly for replacement. One of the pins can be seen in a vertical photo. What is included: Dulcimer Gray Soft Dulcimer Bag made by Lee Felt (The Bag Lady). The bag has a handle for hand carry, a shoulder strap, and two back-packer straps. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! • This instrument has excellent volume and excellent sustain.
  20. Hi Lori. I don't think Lost Valley is building dulcimers anymore. Here is a link to a tuning diagram for a 12/11 dulcimer: http://www.kitchenmusician.net/pages/hdtune.html Here is a link to Master Works that sells a string set for 12/11 dulcimers: https://masterworksok.com/product/replacement-string-sets You might find this information on hammered dulcimer strings from Dusty Strings helpful: https://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/hammered-dulcimers/strings Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song,"
  21. I recognize a lot of those folks! Sure sorry I couldn't make it this year. Looking forward to next year!
  22. I just purchased a 12/11 Lost Valley hammer dulcimer. I need to know what kind of strings it takes and how to tune it. I have mountain dulcimers but have never had a hammer dulcimer.
  23. Dulcimaniac, of course you can play diatonic songs on a chromatically fretted dulcimer. If you play noter style, then are going to sound differently because the slides from one note to another will be interrupted by the chromatic fret. If you finger dance or play chords you will probably not notice any difference. It sounds to me like you want a chromatically fretted instrument. Don't overthink it. Just go for it.
  24. The OP Said "Can you not play songs written for a diatonic fretboard on a chromatic dulcimer? That's the point I keep coming back to. Having a chromatic dulcimer does not appear to limit the types of songs that can be played, so why wouldn't someone want one? You can play diatonic songs on a chromatic fretboard. BUT. If you're playing from dulcimer tabulature rather than SMN, the fret numbering is completely different and finding the diatonic frets among all the chromatic frets becomes an issue. You can't read tab fret nubers 3-4-8 and just count up 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... to find those diatonic frets on a chromatic fretboard. Look at the picture:
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