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Everything posted by NoterMan

  1. When we refer to a hollowed fretboard we mean down the length (except under a strum hollow) turning the fretboard into an inverted U shape. This reduces the mass of the fretboard and gives a tiny bit more soundboard to vibrate. The other hollowing -- crosswise -- is called an arched fretboard. There is no real need for top braces -- the top already has that massive brace (called the fretboard) running down it's length. Some of us re-inforce the area around delicate sound holes with thin pasteboard or veneer on the underside, but true top braces are not necessary.
  2. Where are you from? Nice choice of woods. Build looks very nice. Good job for working from on-line stuff without asking questions first. The build seems over-built by modern techniques -- stub ends of the tuning head inside the box, all those kerf strips, very thick scroll head bits, heavy braces. These days almost no one uses kerf strips unless they are going to install bindings at the side/top and side/back junctions -- the kerf gives you somethings to glue the binding to. Modern glues such as TiteBond are so much stronger than hide glues and earlier glues that there is no need toda
  3. Can't help, Mary, sorry. I'm on the Gulf Coast...
  4. Noter & Drone style, strummed with a pick or plectrum, gives you the most volume for solo play.
  5. Looks really nice, Anthony. Well done!
  6. Registration is closed for 2021. We have 34 attendees!!
  7. Are you just looking for more tab to play? Or interested in the history as well? There are are several good resources for history. What kind of music are you interested in playing? Blue Grass, American Folk, World Folk, Celtic Fiddle Tunes? Anglo-Scottish Ballads? Hymns and other religious music? Americana? There are thousands or resources, depending on what it is you're looking for.
  8. 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...
  9. Registration Deadline For The Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering is May 15th! No "at the gate" Registrations allowed.
  10. 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
  11. Probably best to post this in the Classified section... not here in the Playing section.
  12. 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!
  13. N-I-C-E! Great job. You've got "the bug" now!
  14. So now we know.... Dwayne builds arched fretboards.
  15. 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
  16. Dave is that an old Hughes Co. Church Dulcimer? I used to have one of those decades ago!
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. It's just what we do Marvin. The dulcimer community tries to support one another in their journey.
  24. Good deal! If you need help with anything. just ask!
  25. 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
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