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NoterMan last won the day on December 1 2021

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  1. I recognize a lot of those folks! Sure sorry I couldn't make it this year. Looking forward to next year!
  2. 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:
  3. Yep -- any ordinary fingerboard/fretboard oil or uncolored mineral oil. McSpad doesn't "finish" their ebony fingerboards, IIRC Can't find Mineral Oil? Baby Oil is the same thing with a bit of fragrance added. So you can have a slick and nice smelling fretboard too.
  4. I echo everything that Ken said, Laurie. The JB Weld would not affect the sound/resonance quality of the instrument, but it is intended more as a 'divot' patch than a filler. Drill the large hole and glue in a short length of dowel as Ken says, then drill a new pilot hole for the replacement strap botton. Super glues and those Gorilla products are not very useful in gluing together musical instruments; we mostly swear by the Titebond glues.
  5. Have fun you lot! So sorry I can't make it this year!
  6. Got a picture? Your description is somewhat vague. Sticks play on one end while a bow plays on the other? Sometimes played with stricks, sometimes with a bow? I play my orindary dulcimer by fretting with a stick called a noter, andcan also bow the same instrument.
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    Hickory makes some really fine dulcimers. A number of us who build traditional dulcemores use the wide variety of woods available in the Eastern US, including hickory, walnut, poplar, chestnut (usually salvaged from old barns and such), and much more.
  8. Since this is not a "conventional" dulcimer, even by Mike's standards (I've known him for years), it is probably best if you at the very least give the specifications. "Church Style Sweetie" means absolutley nothing to 99% of the dulcimer player population. At the very least post the VSL, width, depth and basic shape. Almost no one sells a dulcimer wiht "can send photos upon request" -- post at least one or two here.
  9. Hi Carol -- sorry I didn't see your post until just now. The simple fix for a dulcimer with that kind of head is to drill a 1/4" diameter hole, centered from side to side, half way between the outer tuner shaft and the end of the head. Then you can hang it directly via the hole, or run a decorative cord through the hole to make a loop for hanging.
  10. Dulcimer players invariably call that "extra" fret the 6+. 6.5, or 6½ fret -- because it has been "added" to the diatonic fret layout. Every bit of tabulature I've seen uses that notation as well, except the occasional chromatic dulcimer tab which uses guitar 1-12 notation.
  11. Beautiful job there, Ken!
  12. There ARE no ignorant questions -- just ones you don't ask and don't get answered!!! The ONLY difference in which of the double melody strings you remove is how much space there is between the remaining string and the edge of the fretboard. MOST people, I would say, remove the outer string, leaving about 1/8" more space between the edge and the string. That way you have a bit more fretboard to press down on when fretting.
  13. THAT is the million dollar question, Byll! I believe some folks are avoiding it because some anonymous someone bought the original, well-loved and respected name and recycled it. Others are completely happy with FOTMD. The major factor, IMHO, is the uber-popularity of Farcebook and its Group Pages with their "sound byte" mentality rather than in-depth discussions like we used to have. Also FB is in many ways easier to use, or at least a more familiar way communicate for people who struggle with email! Now every dulcimer group (and some with less than a dozen members) can have their own page and aty least a dozen do. Plus there are pages for Chord-Melody folks, Noter & Drone players, Hammered Dulcimers etc.
  14. "Better? Possibly. Friction pegs like these have been used on steel-strung mountain dulcimers for oh... 50 years or more. They are certainly adequate for the low tensions required for tuning steel strings to dulcimer tunings. I've built, IDK, a hundred?, dulcimers with friction pegs over the years and never had any problems. Geare tuners can be added, certainly, but they are more hassle, with their tiny screws and having to make sure they are on the correct side of the instrument (they come as 'rights' and 'lefts' but usually no directions as to which is which....
  15. What you have broken is not a 'head". It is the knob of a tuner a.k.a tuning machine AS Admin points out, those are ordinary friction tuners, sometimes called Uke Tuners, available from StewMac, Amazon and other places. Here's a like to an Amazon listing for Grover brand Uke Tuners (a well respected name in tuning machine manufacturers). A set of 4 tuners for $13.13. Amazon.com: Grover 2B Ukulele Peg Jr. : Musical Instruments Replacing tuners is about as simple as replacing a lightbulb. If you have any questions you can start a thread in the Making Dulcimers section here, or message me directly. I've been building dulcimer for decades...
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