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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 Dinner 6:30 - 9:00 Dulcimer Videos, Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore Giveaway SATURDAY Breakfast 9-10:30 Dulcimore History 10:30-12 Jam 2 Lunch 1:30-3:00 Traditional Tunings and Tunes 3:00-4:30 To Be Announced Dinner 6:30-8:00 To Be Announced SUNDAY Breakfast 9-10:30 Hymn sharing/singing and a very short meditation 10:30- Final Gathering, Giant Jam, general discussion Lunch 1:00-3:00 Last Gasp
  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 fretboard, whether over a slotted top or not; for aesthetics I prefer the arched fretboard. One of my favorite dulcimers has the arches matching the widths of the spaces between the frets -- wide and narrow -- which I find particularly pleasing to the eye. FWIW, an easy way to cut that "slot" under the fretboard is to first glue the two top pieces together. Then use a Forstner bit (not a twist drill or spade bit) to drill a series of nearly connected holes 1/2" or 5/8" in diameter down the centerline where the fretboard will sit. Forstner bits cut nice clean edged holes in thin material...
  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 our activities. The Registration goes towards your On-Campus lodging bill. Not staying on Campus? Your Registration goes into our Coffee & Snacks kitty. REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 15th. 2. MASKS WILL BE WORN CORRECTLY DURING ALL ACTIVITIES In order to insure that people feel safe during this event, masks are required at all activities. No one without a mask will be allowed to participate in the activities of the Gathering.We do not yet know which dormitory we will be using.COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES To Be Announced. When we have it sorted out, we'll tell you.AS ALWAYS – THE EMPHASIS IS ON THE TRADITON. The tuning used by participants is DAA or similar 1 – 5 -5 tuning.. Some tunes may be played in the Aeolian or Dorian modes We are all about traditional dulcimores and dulcimore playing in noter/drone or fingerdancing styles. Contemporary dulcimers are allowed as long as you play them in a traditional manner. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore through presentations, instruction, jam sessions, etc. We hope to see you in Berea.10 Jam Tunes to know are posted with words and tab on The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore website: https:thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.comQuestions?? Post them on the website, in the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering thread. One of the Gathering organizers will respond to your question.
  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 other religious music? Americana? Some of the modern songs in those genres have very complicated structures. 2. What TECHNIQUE are you going to use: Modern 3 Finger Chord-Melody; or more traditional Fingerdancing or Noter & Drone I recommend that everyone start learning the dulcimer by picking out on the Melody string(s) a handful of simple tunes imbedded in your childhood memory. Tunes like Twinkle Twinkle, Frere Jacques, Three Blind Mice, etc. Tunes you know. Once you have half a dozen of those tunes down pat on the Melody string with the drones added in, then you can think about other things. From the guitar and mando you are familiar with chords, but the Chord-Melody style is not the original, traditional sound of the dulcimer. And from your guitar standpoint the chords are sorta weak -- only 3 notes not 5 or 6... I admit to being a strong advocate for celebrating the dulcimer as a distinct instrument -- playing the dulcimer traditionally -- and leaving those chords to your guitar and mando.
  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 strip of very hard wood (ebony, snakewood, lignum vitae etc.) with the grain running across the fretboard (much harder for strings to cut into wood cross-grain. Here's a good guide to getting started tuning and playing... I Just Got A.pdf
  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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