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NoterMan last won the day on December 1 2021

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  1. 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.
  2. David -- we're talking about removeable "feet" here -- not removeable "frets".
  3. 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
  4. Cheryl -- word of advice -- people are NOT going to buy (or even send queries about) an instrument they can't see! A photo of a hand scribbled description is useless. Show photos of the instrument itself -- not a case and a stand.
  5. Praetorious has a lot to answer for! Scheitholt was as common a name for a fretted zither as Hog Fiddle is for mountain dulcimer. To compare, the area of Tyrol is 10,000 sq. miles. The area of Virginia (home of the Hog Fiddle) is 42,000 sq. miles.
  6. A couple of our friends are building special Traditional dulcemores (3 strings, staple frets, no 6+) for Noter & Drone and Fingerdancing. All proceeds to go to the Hindman Recovery. Check it out on TTAD and FOTMD if you're interested.
  7. This would be better if it moved to the Hammered Dulcimer Threads.
  8. I've never heard of Michael Mann as a builder of HDs. You know it's a 12/11. That IS the kind of HD it is. What more are you looking for? Tuning chart? String gauges? Construction details? What's wrong with the instrument that it needs to be "restored"? Cracks, holes (other than the sound hole?) broken strings, broken tuning pins? Cracked pin blocks? Dirty, bad finish? Some detailed photos will certainly help us help you.
  9. Sorry -- wrong Huntsville. Dave is in Alabama... the only Huntsville I knew about until now...
  10. The big makers -- Folkcraft and McSpadden, may do a custom build with included pickup; the same as any other builder. But there just isn't a big enough market for built-in acoustic pickups to warrant having instruments like that in stock. People who want custom pickups also tend to want other custom features as well, so it's easier to start from scratch. Most players today play in circle groups or 'gangs' -- not as solo or group performers on stages. I play (at least pre-Covid) a fair amount of Open Mics, and just use a simple stick-on piezo pickup. No need for concert hall acoustics. The other option I've considered is my own condenser mic that I can stand mount in front of me to pickup both the dulcimer and my vocals.
  11. Good to know, Ken. I hadn't realized Elwood had published a Cater-family tunebook.
  12. Nothing for free that I've ever seen. The Carter/Cash clan hold tight reins on all their music. However, John Sackenheim has a book of 17 Cash songs for $20: Johnny Cash (johnsackenheim.com)
  13. If you are selling the DULCIMER, as the title sys, then you have this posted in the wrong section -- Accessories not Instruments for Sale What does the instrument look like??? I don't care how pretty the case is, or what a hand scribbled description says, I want to see the wood of the top and back to ensure there are no cracks, dings, dents or other issues like missing bridges, broken strings, etc. If all you're selling is the stand and case, you need to make that clear. Whatever you're selling you need to TYPE the Exact price (not a range price) you're asking, not have it on a photo of a scribbled piece of paper.
  14. Dwayne's Bear Meadow Fret Calculator is nice, and accurate, but it is actually one of the most complicated fret spacing calculators available, in part because it includes both diatonic and chromatic frets, and a novice builder can easily get confused and use the wrong number(s).
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