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KWL

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  1. Hi Lori. I don't think Lost Valley is building dulcimers anymore. Here is a link to a tuning diagram for a 12/11 dulcimer: http://www.kitchenmusician.net/pages/hdtune.html Here is a link to Master Works that sells a string set for 12/11 dulcimers: https://masterworksok.com/product/replacement-string-sets You might find this information on hammered dulcimer strings from Dusty Strings helpful: https://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/hammered-dulcimers/strings Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song,"
  2. Dulcimaniac, of course you can play diatonic songs on a chromatically fretted dulcimer. If you play noter style, then are going to sound differently because the slides from one note to another will be interrupted by the chromatic fret. If you finger dance or play chords you will probably not notice any difference. It sounds to me like you want a chromatically fretted instrument. Don't overthink it. Just go for it.
  3. It all depends upon your repertoire. Do you play mostly contemporary music? Do you want your dulcimer to sound like a guitar? Then go for the chromatic. Do you enjoy playing the old time modal tunes of the mountains? Are you able to retune your dulcimer to play in different modes? Do you enjoy the rich history of America's instrument? Then go with a diatonic fretboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  4. If your ebony fretboard is unfinished (not varnished) which is most likely, you can clean it naphtha and then use any commercial guitar fretboard oil on it. I would avoid using lemon oil as the dye in it will color the fretboard over time. Most all fretboard conditioners are mineral oil based. I have a bottle of Fender Fretboard conditioner that I've been using for a few years now. A bottle lasts me a long time as I don't have many instruments with ebony or rosewood fretboards. Under heavy use conditioning twice a year is sufficient. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  5. I would us Titebond Original. You will have a glue joint stronger than the wood itself. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  6. I'll miss having you there Ken. At this point I don't think we are planning to do this again next year. We need to get our heads together and discuss where we head from here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. Hi Laurie, my suggestion is not to use the wood putty. I would use a 1/4 inch drill bit and carefully drill out the pilot hole. You may find a brad point drill bit better use than a regular twist drill bit. I would then glue a plug into the hole made from a piece of !/4 inch dowel rod. This will make a much sturdier place for attacking a strap button. The button should cover the dowel, but if not you can stain the dowel to match the wood of your dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  8. Registration is now closed for this year's Gathering. We have 24 participants registered, so it looks like we will have a good group in Berea. I look forward to seeing everyone in just 23 days. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  9. I am as confused by your question as Noterman. I'm not sure what you mean by "dulcimer type." That could apply to several instruments. I understand bow (I think, like a violin) but sticks is confusing. How are the sticks used? Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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    I haven't used hickory yet. I do have a friend how plays a hickory dulcimer and it sound really nice.If I had some hickory I'd be using it to make some dulcimers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweets song."
  11. You're welcome. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  12. Just a reminder that registration closes on April 25th. The Gathering takes place May 19 - 22 at Berea College. There is no cost for the Gathering other than room and board and whatever you want to spend in and around Berea. This is an all volunteer led festival. We do collect a $20 registration fee which goes either toward your room charges or (if not staying in the dorm) is a gift made to the college. To begin registration send your name, address, and phone number to: dulcimoregathering@yahoo.com The emphasis is on traditional dulcimores and noter style playing along with the history of the instrument, builders, and players. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  13. Thank you for the kind comments. Yes, she was very pleased with the repair. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  14. There is a club that meets in Woodburn at the Folkcraft dulcimer shop. It's on the other side of Fort Wayne from you and I'm not sure how long it takes for you to travel there. That's the closest dulcimer activity that I know of in the northern part of Indiana. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  15. A friend of mine damaged her dulcimer made by Kurt Simerman and asked if I could repair it. It is number 426 mad in Leo, IN sometime in 2000. Here are a before and after photo. [img]https://i.imgur.com/soGd2AA.jpg[/img] Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  16. Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, March 26 (the last Saturday in March) is International Appalachian Dulcimer Day. To celebrate, get our your dulcimer and play. You can do it by yourself or with friends. This is a special day for mountain dulcimer enthusiasts. Enjoy!
  17. Registration is now open for the 2022 Traditional Dulcimore Gathering at Berea College in Kentucky, May 19-22, in Anna Smith Hall. To register please send the following information to our registrar by April 25, 2022, the last day to register. No registrations can be accepted on site nor are walk-ins permitted during the days of the Gathering. All participants must be on the list the Gathering provides to the college. Name Address: City, State, Zip Code Phone number Email Housing: Single rooms in Anna Smith Hall are $30 per night. Double rooms are $20 per person per night ($40 per room). Please let us know which you prefer and if a double name of roommate. If you are not staying in the dorm, let us know where you will be staying. Your registration will be complete once a non-refundable deposit of $20 is received by the registrar. A link with an address for checks or Paypal account transfer will be sent to you by email once your information is received. If you do not have an email account please note this and the registrar will call you by telephone. Please suggest the best time to call. The deposit will be used toward housing costs if you are staying in the dorm or given to the college if staying elsewhere. The following is the college’s statement on Covid19 Participant confirms that they are (1) vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning Participant shall have completed all the dosing requirements of a specific vaccine regimen more than two weeks prior to Participant’s arrival on campus, OR (2) Participant shall have received a negative COVID-19 test result not more than three (3) days prior to Participant’s arrival on the College’s campus. To register email: dulcimoregathering@yahoo.com
  18. Byll, I think as you said that Noterman's "analysis of the situation is cogent." There are other forums for the mountain dulcimer which are quite active. Do you know of any other forums for hammered dulcimer? I know that I am guilty of not checking this site regularly. On another note, pardon the pun, I took in a hammered dulcimer that George built that was purchased at his estate sale. The person who bought it wanted it "looked over" and tuned. It is a 14/13. One of the tuning pins would not hold the tension of the string when brought up to pitch, so I had to fix that. The HD is a design I had never seen. It has no back. There is a piece of wood that folds down from the narrow end that makes a prop for that end of the dulcimer so that if you put it on a table the dulcimer sits at an angle. I also had to adjust one of the bridge supports as the top bowed when brought up to pitch. It is an interesting instrument. Greg Schreiber didn't want to work on it or the 3 mountain dulcimers this person bought so he sent them to me. All four instruments have been quite the project to repair and put back in to playing condition.
  19. Registration is now open for the 2022 Traditional Dulcimore Gathering at Berea College in Kentucky, May 19-22, in Anna Smith Hall. To register please send the following information to our registrar by April 25, 2022, the last day to register. No registrations can be accepted on site nor are walk-ins permitted during the days of the Gathering. All participants must be on the list the Gathering provides to the college. Name Address: City, State, Zip Code Phone number Email Housing: Single rooms in Anna Smith Hall are $30 per night. Double rooms are $20 per person per night ($40 per room). Please let us know which you prefer and if a double name of roommate. If you are not staying in the dorm, let us know where you will be staying. Your registration will be complete once a non-refundable deposit of $20 is received by the registrar. A link with an address for checks or Paypal account transfer will be sent to you by email once your information is received. If you do not have an email account please note this and the registrar will call you by telephone. Please suggest the best time to call. The deposit will be used toward housing costs if you are staying in the dorm or given to the college if staying elsewhere. The following is the college’s statement on Covid19 Participant confirms that they are (1) vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning Participant shall have completed all the dosing requirements of a specific vaccine regimen more than two weeks prior to Participant’s arrival on campus, OR (2) Participant shall have received a negative COVID-19 test result not more than three (3) days prior to Participant’s arrival on the College’s campus. To register email: dulcimoregathering@yahoo.com
  20. Byll, that concert was probably at the Presbyterian church George attended. He usually attended the concerts, so you may have met him. He started a series of concerts by folks how owned his autoharps as a way to get people from the Newport area to meet each other. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  21. This is an old thread, but my guess is that the tab the original poster referred to is the tab that Steve Smith uses with the Western North Carolina Dulcimer Collective. The top two line are DAD tab and the bottom two lines are DAA tab. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  22. Thank you for updating the list. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  23. 2022 Traditonal Mountain Dulcimore Gathering May 19-2 Berea College Berea, Ky More information coming or check at thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com
  24. 2022 Traditonal Dulcimore Gathering May 19-2 Berea College Berea, Ky More information coming or check at thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com
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