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  2. No maker's label when you look inside either sound hole? Are the bottom or top made from plywood? I don't immediately recognize the off-center sound holes arrangement; nor the fleurs de lys and round designs.
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  4. Sorry, couldn't figure out how to post photos - looks like I needed to create an account first. Here are a few I took the other day, but I can get some closer and more detailed ones to add.
  5. Couldn't begin to guess without a lot of photos to judge by -- closeups of the pinblock side and tuning pin side, bridges, etc. whole back. top and sides, etc.
  6. Hello all, I landed a hammered dulcimer a few years ago, and never got around to getting it in tune and learning to play. I have decided such a lovely instrument should be with somebody who will actually play it rather than collecting dust. I'd like to sell it, but I don't know much about hammered dulcimers and this one appears to have no identifying information. Any thoughts on how to value it for selling?
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  8. On thing of which you should be aware is that you may need to change strings to safely tune to some of the tunings. Going from D to G may require a different size string. Tuning up you may break a string. Tuning down, the string may get too floppy. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  9. The dulcimer can be tuned to ANY of the 8 keys: A, B, C, D, E, F, G and their sharps or flats. However, any given set of string gauges will only allow the instrument to be tuned to 3 or 4 keys without strings breaking or being too floppy to sound correctly. Generally speaking, the instrument is tuned to a particular key by tuning the bass string to that note. If you are playing/singing for yourself or with others who agree, then you all tune to the same keynote. Most dulcimers are tuned and played together in the key of D -- the D just one note higher than middle C on a piano. The middle drone and melody strings are then tuned relative to that bass string. The middle drone is usually tuned a musical fifth higher than the bass. In the key of D, that would be A. The melody string can then be tuned to a variety of notes depending on the nature of the music being played. Most commonly the melody string is tuned to A, or to d -- one octave higher than the bass D. These tunings are expressed as DAA and DAd, or as 1-5-5 and 1-5-8 which represent the spacings of the notes. Because of the diatonic nature of the fretboard, the dulcimer will do a great deal of transposing of notes from one key to another. If you have the tabulature, or work out which notes to play for a particular tune in a specific key and tuning, then the same frets will play the song whether you are tuned to DAA or its other key equivalents. AEE, BFF, CGG, DAA, EBB, FCC, and GDD for example all play the same tune with the same fret numbers. For example, the tune Frere Jacques can be expressed as: 3..4..5..3 3..4..5..3 5..6..7 5..6..7 7..8..7..6..5.....3 7..8..7..6..5.....3 3..0..3 3..0...3
  10. Basic question, but how is the dulcimer to be tuned? To what keys?
  11. What you have is NOT a hammered dulcimer. It is a Salterio mexicano -- a Mexican 'plucked psaltery' with a very old history in that country. It is played with ten fingerpicks and sounds absolutely wonderful. Many, many years ago (30+) at a dulcimer festival in Arizona, I had the great pleasure of meeting and hearing a young Mexican lady who at the time was their national champion player, along with her classical pianist husband. She was phenomenal. Their duets on piano and salterio were otherworldly! Here's the Wikipedia entry on the Salterio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salterio_(Mexico)
  12. The link you posted is just one image. Can you give a better picture of the label? I can make out the words "Salterios" and "Atlizaya"(?) which I would guess are the brand, model or manufacturer. And then it says "Reproducion de ..." which means "Reproduction of ...". I was thinking "Salterios" is somehow related to Psaltery and Google translate confirms that's the spanish word for psalteries. I don't personally know much about hammered dulcimers, others will know more, but the label will likely be the most helpful thing to track down more info. edit: Is what I'm think of as the label, actually the business card you mentioned?
  13. Hi, Hope you all are able to help me with this. I bought this Dulcimer about a year ago and have not been able to find out more information about it. I looked inside the instrument and saw a repair business card from Mexico. I would love to get more information about the instrument, its history, whats missing and its worth. Here are some images I took today. It did not come with hammers but I also know that some are not played with hammers. Here is a link to the image https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bjdwj_qQXZ_Tiw7A6KO66Io3MxpD7bnB/view?usp=sharing
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  16. Saw a dulcimer in the whole earth catalog in 1973, it was a kit for a cheep price don't remember exactly how much. Hughes kit. I used wax shoe polish to finish it .everyone said it looked good. I made them from scratch in koa,cherry,and walnut. I'm finishing up a courting dulcimer some harps a harpsichord for a few years. My new Dulciborn has an amazing sound I'm really enjoying at the moment. Rich&2 kittys LA.CALIF 😺 😼
  17. just received a dulciborn A guitar built dulcimer I have played normal constructed dulcimers for years. I am really enjoying the sound it makes. Rich&2 carnivorous kittys 😺 😼 LA.CALIF
  18. The time difference makes an online gathering too difficult for us. Right now we're 15 hours ahead of Clarksdale time. In November that time difference would be even more. We're hoping for the future and aiming for a real-life gathering in April 2021 in Clarksdale.
  19. Hi Carla, Sorry to hear you have to cancel. Things are still dicey with the pandemic, so probably the right call. Have you considered doing an online workshop? I've attended a few over Zoom and those have gone well.
  20. The re-scheduled Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival has now been canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions which make it too difficult for Adrian and me to travel to the U.S.A. Hopefully, things will be better next year and safe travel will allow us to host a Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
  21. Dear Dulcimer Players, I just learned about this website from Jack Ferguson of Appalachian Flutes and Dulcimer. I would enjoy connecting with you. Please click on the "About Me" tab in my profile to learn more about my journey and get links to my instrumental music to soothe your soul during these challenging times. May we all be inspired to create new tunes during the valleys and storms of life. Grace and peace, Brian Bohlman https://brianbohlman.bandcamp.com/
  22. Dear Dulcimer Players,

    I just learned about this website from Jack Ferguson of Appalachian Flutes and Dulcimer. I would enjoy connecting with you. Please click on the "About Me" tab to learn more about my journey and get links to my instrumental music to soothe your soul during these challenging times. May we all be inspired to create new tunes during the valleys and storms of life. 

    Grace and peace,

    Brian Bohlman

  23. Even if you play a lot, your dulcimer strings should last a long time. What happens after a period of time is that your strings will oxidize. All metals oxidize, even gold. Yes, gold does oxidize. In order to clean oxidation off of your strings, get yourself a Scotch Brite pad. Cut it in half. Use one half and store the other. Gentle wipe each of your 3(4) strings back and forth a few times to remove the oxidation. Use a soft cloth to remove any residue left on the strings. You might have some green fuzz on your fret board. Get yourself a stick of Fast Fret. Run the Fast Fret back and forth a few times on each string. Your strings should now sound a lot brighter than before.
  24. Thanks PJ I know we're getting more and more tablature and audio files available on the internet, I just decided to add my files to what's available. It's better than just leaving them sit on my hard drive. Dave
  25. How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player 15 Adding Variety To Your Playing There are a number of ways to add variety to your solo and/or group dulcimer playing. i.e. playing a harmony; playing backup chords; playing a counter melody; playing a bass part. For this article we will concentrate on playing our melody on a combination of the melody and bass strings. As you know, the notes are the same on both your melody and bass strings when you are tuned to DAD, CGC, GDG, etc. They are one octave apart. When playing songs that you already know, trying mixing up the song by playing part of the melody on the melody string and part of the melody on the bass string. This works best on those songs where you can use drone notes. One method that I like to use is playing the song, as written, all the way through. The second time you play it, try playing one or more measures within the song by flipping the melody notes to the bass string. I have posted one of my arrangements of “Shortnin’ Bread” on this Everything Dulcimer as an example of how you can mix up your melody. Another way of adding variety to your playing is not to play the song the same way each time you play it through. Twenty years ago, Steve Seifert introduced me to “up neighbors” and “down neighbors”. These are notes that are usually one note higher or lower than your melody note. Within a song if you have a quarter note, you can play it twice as an eighth note or play the first eighth note as written and play the next note, one note higher or lower. ie. In your song with quarter notes you have these notes: 1-2-3-4. Try mixing it up by playing 1-1, 2-3, 3-2, 4-5, etc. There are no correct combinations. Same thing with eighth notes. i.e. 4-4, 5-5, 3-3. Try changing to 4-3, 5-4, 3-4, etc. What you are achieving is a variety in your playing by not playing the song the same way each time that you play it. Additionally, if you have a single note within your tab, try adding some drone notes to it. This article is but the “tip of the iceberg” when adding variety to your playing. Perhaps my thoughts will help you to become a better dulcimer player. The bottom line is: If it sounds good, play it! Shortnin' Bread2.pdf
  26. Shortnin' Bread2.pdf
  27. Very cool! I had heard of a scheitholt but never seen one played. Thanks for sharing!
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