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  1. Lodging and activities for the Gathering will be in Anna Smith Hall, where it was last time. The map shows the hall and the Alumni House which is where we take meals...
  2. Registration Deadline For The Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering is May 15th! No "at the gate" Registrations allowed.
  3. The schedule for the 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering has now been added to TheTraditionalAppalachianDulcimer.com In the Gathering Thread. Registration Deadline 15 May 2021 THURSDAY Registration 8-5 on the Porch. Impromptu porch jamming and discussions. Dinner 6:30 General Gathering Welcome and Introductions. Also Grand Dulcimer Display 7:30 until... Mini-Concert/Open Mic – Open to anyone who wants to perform. FRIDAY Breakfast 9-10:30 Traditional Playing Foundations 10:30-12 Open Jam Lunch 1:30-3:00 Making and Installing Staple Frets 3:00-4:30 - Sawn Frame Dulcimers Dinne
  4. Probably best to post this in the Classified section... not here in the Playing section.
  5. I've built a couple hundred over the years, and have half a dozen around the house just now. And... I have a new/old build in progress -- my interpretation of a Pre-Revival dulcimer from Ohio. It's addictive, I tell ya!
  6. N-I-C-E! Great job. You've got "the bug" now!
  7. So now we know.... Dwayne builds arched fretboards.
  8. Not sure what Dwayne at Bear Meadows does with openings in the top; like KWL I've never looked that close. I can't think of anyone who builds arched or scalloped fretboards who also opens the top under the arches. I've built both, and as far as I can tell the acoustic effect of one technique over the other is negligible. IMHO the primary reason to hollow or scallop a fretboard is to reduce the mass of that huge block of wood, so that it can physically vibrate better and send those vibrations into the body where they become sound. For simplicity of construction I prefer the hollowed fr
  9. Dave is that an old Hughes Co. Church Dulcimer? I used to have one of those decades ago!
  10. I've owned several over the years. Also 5 string and 4 string variations. Can't say I've been really impressed with six strings. I've played 3 string traditional dulcimers for the last 25 years or so...
  11. Room & Board Update Room -- $20 per night Double, $30 per night Single. If you want a single you must pre-Register as a Single. Total Lodging Fee will be collected at Sign-In. Cash or check only, please Meals -- Individual Meal Purchase at the Campus Cafeteria. Lots of good, healthy food choices. Last time it was $5 per meal!! Hopefully the same this year! Great price and good food.
  12. There really is no "correct" width for a fretboard. Those who build 3-string traditional diatonic staple-fretted boards make them about 1" wide. Most 4-string fretboards are around 1-1/2" wide --- 1-3/8ths to 1-5/8ths. 1-1/2 is convenient because it's a stock lumber size called a 1x2. Part of the choice has to do with the "look" of the board on the design. A really wide fretboard on a narrow-waisted hourglass. IMHO doesn't look as good a s somewhat narrower board. A wide-bodied elliptical like a Galax design looks good with a wider board, as does a Tennessee Music Box.
  13. Adding my thoughts to Ken's & Carla's. Larkin is a Special Lady, as well you know. Please let her know that her "dulcimer family" are thinking and praying...
  14. Welcome Woodchuck. Nothin' wrong with being 70 or a Newbie -- we all have to start sometime! I'm coming up on 73, but I did start this journey about 40 years ago! If you have questions, don't be afraid to ask; the only dumb questions are those which don't get asked so we can answer them.
  15. Since I can't seem to post in Festivals I thought this should go here. From The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore website: Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering 2021When: June 3 – June 6Where: Berea College, Berea, KYCost: $20 Pre-Registration feeapplied to your total lodging bill, otherwise FreeBecause of the events of the past year we must insist on a few conditions this year:1. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIREDWe, and Berea College, need to know IN ADVANCE how many people will be attending. Do not just show up and expect to attend. Even if you live in Berea you MUST Pre-Register to attend any of
  16. It's just what we do Marvin. The dulcimer community tries to support one another in their journey.
  17. Good deal! If you need help with anything. just ask!
  18. You use the same strings for DAd and DAA. You'll find people passionate about BOTH DAd and DAA. I've played for decades primarily in DAA but shifting to minor tunings like DAC and DAG when the tune calls for it. Admin is right in that there is a ton of tab written for DAd. However -- very little of that tab actually requires the use of the 6+ or 13+ frets so touted in that tuning. -- and those tunes can be play just as easily in DAA. TWO factors you need to figure in to things. 1. What KIND of music are you looking to play? Old time folk and bluegrass? Celtic? Hymns and oth
  19. Beautiful job!! Bravo! Action height -- a good place to start we call the Nickel & Dime Action. Set a dime alongside the 1st fret and adjust the Nut height by sanding the bottom until the strings just touch the coin. Then balance a nickel on top of the 7th fret and adjust the height of the bridge until the strings just touch the coin there. You can go lower if you choose, but that's a good place to start. Tip for next build, or a revision to this one... Where the strings break over the tail end of the fretboard, you can cut out a notch all the way across, and lay in there a
  20. It's all personal choice, of course. I like a satin/matte finish, not glossy. Usually I use 3 or 4 coats of Tung Oil to get the look I like...
  21. Always the little tweaks! ]Something for next time... friend who use the "glue the fretboard on last" often -- or usually -- use a full length "pressure bar" -- a piece of 2x2 on top of the fretboard to spread the clamp pressure more evenly. Of course the fretboard does not have the nut/bridge installed at that point.
  22. These days I use Tung oil over the whole instrument. My feeling is you really do want some sort of finish of the fretboard. TrueOil or any oil which 'hardens' like that or Tung oil. When I used urethane over all, I would use a single or maybe two coats of ure as a 'sanding sealer' and surface hardener on the fretboard.
  23. That's the learning curve. Once you figure out "your way" of building thigs will fall into place. Some attach the top and bottom to the ends, then add the sides. Some attach sides to the head and tail, then add the fretboard/top assembly and lastly the bottom. Others enclose the whole thing, then add the fretboard last. Some build a fretboard-head-tail assembly first; others like me build a topless 'boat' then add a fretboard-top. Whatever works best for you on the kind of dulcimers you like to build.
  24. NIIIICE! How did you clamp the top to the carcass for gluing, that you ended up with a gap? I usually use a LARGE cooler set on top of a couple layers of large ceramic floor tiles, then slowly fill the cooler with water -- at 60# per cubic foot it's heavy and fits any container. At one time I had a 5 gallon bladder bag which would shape itself to whatever I was gluing up. If it were me, I would have attached the tuning head to the head end of the body before gluing up the top. To each his own...
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