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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.
  7. NoterMan

    T - 6

    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...
  16. Well, I suppose you could "dump" your existing set(s) and generate a completely new one. That would get everybody practicing and keep the interest up, I suppose. If making money isn't an issue, pick a target date for a summer Play In The Park open air concert, to introduce the new repertoire. As far as HD here in the "new" ED, I don't think this site has gotten much, if any exposure on any of the Facebook HD or MD pages so the folks ther aren't coming here. Back in the Day, when the original ED was "the" place for dulcimers of all types, there wasn't FB. Nowadays everyone younger than 50 wants the instant gratification of transitory "sound bites" rather than in-depth discussions like we had.
  17. The problem with tabulature is that there is no standard for writing it. Everyone who creates tab does so a little differently -- some do that ADDA thing, some only do DAd others only DAA melody line for Noter & Drone, although 4 string Chord-Melody tab is almost always identified as such.
  18. Chris -- We can't even begin to give you a ball-park estimate on that dulcimer's value -- based on your description except to say somewhere between $5 and $1000. Pictures (close ups and wider shots) would be a good start. The text of any builder's label inside the bottom. Who is Bryan M and what do you mean by the instrument being a confirmed survivor (of what???). Condition -- dings, dents, cracks, loose glue joints?? What kind of tuning machines does it have.... 4 strings doesn't tell us much. Neither does overall length and width or wood types. What is the distance between the Nut and Bridge? How many frets does it have? Length and width without the depth mean nothing. Tell us more -- then we can help.
  19. You know.... if you can find a large-ish empty building space -- gym, empty commercial space, meeting room in a condo or community building, etc. -- you could practice "together apart" to keep up skills and work up new arrangments. Sit in a circle and play to each other. You may not need electronics for that situation. So many people think the pandemic is over, just because they want it to be. We've still got 2 years or more before the infection/death level from Covid falls below the 2010 death count from influenza in the US -- 37,000. Then the fat lady will sing and it will be overe!
  20. I don't know what to tell ya, Byll. The band I'm associated with has been around for 6+ years, but we're only 5 singer/songwriters (vocalist, guitar, guitar/banjo, mandolin, and me on mtn dulcimer/cajon/rhythm). We do our own sound. We're the house band for a local waterfront restaurant's lunch and dinner service a cou0ple days a week, as well as playing a number of local festivals and gatherings. We're not trying to be full-time musicians, just two steps up from a garage band -- playing for tips and pass the hat. Here in Florida we didn't lock down hard, but none of us are young so we distanced widely. So, the weather being good here, we rehearsed outdoors (where we normally play anyway) instead of indoors, separated by 10 feet instead of 2. Sometimes we would rehearse at a local park without amped sound, just to 'keep our hands in' playing for what passed (literally) as an audience. Schedule wise, we lost almost all of our gigs for 2020 -- beginning in March restaurants closed, festivals and gatherings cancelled. In early '21 much the same, but by midsummer things began opening more. Now we're back to Wednesday & Saturday lunch and every other Saturday dinner, and have a couple of festivals lined up for the next two months unless C-omicron shuts things down.
  21. I haven't heard anyting. I can't get to his site either. Contact him through his Farcebpook page...
  22. PIcture? No. However... First make sure the bridge location on your dulcimer is marked, then remove all the strings. Second, use a fret spacing table, input your VSL, then find the exact (to the nearest 1/64" or 1mm) location for the half-fret, and mark it on your fretboard in two place to establish the location t right angles to the edge of the fretboard. A "half fret" is never precisely half way between the others. Third, get a LARGE paper clip not one of those only an inch long, and cut off the long arm of the clip. Fourth, get clear "Scotch" tape ready. Fifth-- lay the paperclip exactly on the location you marked on your fretboard. WITHOUT MOVING THE CLIP-FRET apply a small piece of tape to hold it in place. Alternatively, apply a small piece of tape to the clip-fret, then maneuver it into the precise location before sealing the tape down Lastly, take another piece of tape and press it down to the half-fret closely along it's entire length.
  23. NoterMan

    T - 6

    Great job, Ken! That's some beautiful Yellow Poplar! I like that Antes teardrop shape.
  24. I use a thick felt pick fairly often when I want a softer sound similar to strumming with a bare thumb. Virtually no 'pick-click',
  25. Lemon oil should be fine; just a splash on a clean cloth will do.
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