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  1. 2022 Traditonal Mountain Dulcimore Gathering May 19-2 Berea College Berea, Ky More information coming or check at thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com
  2. 2022 Traditonal Dulcimore Gathering May 19-2 Berea College Berea, Ky More information coming or check at thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com
  3. Very nice. Thank you for sharing this video Deborah. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  4. Our Tuesday evening Zoom group from The Traditional Mountain Dulcimore site did a short video of six Christmas tunes all done noter style in DAA. Here is a link to that video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLd_HS-LPA0&t=1s Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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    Here are a couple of photos with the first coat of Tung oil on the dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  6. I'm not a fan of felt picks on my dulcimers. On my ukulele, that's fine. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. Here is an interesting video on Mike Clemmer. Enjoy. https://www.voanews.com/a/6346682.html Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  8. I tend to make my tops and bottoms 0.10 inch think or 2.54 mm, but I have a thickness sander. I pretty much use the same technique as Noter Man for joining tops and back except I use clear packing tape instead of painter's tape. I have found that it does not tear the grain of the wood when taking it off. The same technique is used for joining when you have a center strip. Whatever you choose to use as a center strip is a personal choice. I always join rectangular boards and but the shape out after gluing it to the sides using a flush cutting router bit. I make a template of the shape (hourglass or teardrop), but only one half of the dulcimer. I lay it along the centerline of the joined top or back, trace the shape on one side, flip it over and trace the other side. My templates are made out of thin plywood or plexiglas. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  9. As far as I can recall, I've never heard a name applied to it. I call it a peg head, fret board and tail piece made from a single piece of wood. I know that is unwieldy, but that is what I call it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  10. Thanks, Ken, but I just tried the Sweet Woods website and it still isn't up and running.
  11. I just checked and it wasn't there. Hmmm... indeed! I also sent him an email and it was returned as address not found.
  12. The reason you are not to call it a Strum Stick is that that is a registered trademark of McNally Instruments. Only the holder of the trademark or anyone he licenses it to is legally allowed to use that name. As NoterMan mentioned, dulcimers terminology is different from other string instrument builders. Learning the dulcimer vocabulary helps us all speak the same language when discussing building techniques, etc. We learn by asking questions and having discussions with each other. You are doing a good job learning all these new terminologies. Best wishes as you continue to develop your interest in building mountain dulcimers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  13. I've never encountered anyone building a dulcimer by starting with the fretboard. Interesting concept. I see a coffin shaped body, but that is only what I would do with that fretboard/peg head. What is your VSL going to be? It looks like it will go from near the first diagonal where the peg head meets the fret board to the middle of the block on the far end. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  14. Admin, thanks for posting how to view the profiles. I did not know how to do this before. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  15. Well, Byll, I don't think there is a way to read other people's profiles here at ED. If there is, I haven't found it. There is a thread for introductions where we shared some information about ourselves. It gets lost as new discussions are created. Perhaps it can be permanently attached to the top of forum. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  16. Terry Hennessy died yesterday, November 13, 2021, at his home. He was the builder who made Richard Farina’s dulcimer. I was able to examine and play that dulcimer at the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Terry not only promoted the dulcimer down under, but influenced builders around the world.My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. You can read about Terry here: https://issuu.com/dulcimerplayersnewsinc/docs/25.04.1999watermarked R.I.P. Terry Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  17. I am not familiar with this brand. From the photos it looks like the kit uses tooth picks for frets and nut and a piece of 1/4 in. dowel for the nut. If you live anywhere near Louisville, KY you could go to their shop and see one in person. You would also save yourself $39 for shipping should you decide to by one. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  18. Thanks, Byll. I appreciate your sharing Nick's email.
  19. Thanks, Byll. That sounds good to me.
  20. I second NoterMan's advice. I have a Backyard cardboard dulcimer I play occasionally. I built as a model for a summer camp program where we were constructing them. I've had a few of Dave Lynch's student dulcimer, but kept selling them to students. I have played probably a dozen or so Apple Creek dulcimers and only one played well right out of the box. I did some set up work on of their standards and buy the time I set up the action (lowered the strings) and then worked on filing and recrowning the fret, the owner had as much in it as a Folkcraft or McSpadden.
  21. That's a good question Byll. I'd like to know also.
  22. I knew Sam from his work with Trapezoid, a column in DPN, and a few workshops over the years. Sam was a wonderful and gentle soul who willingly shared with others his expertise. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  23. I've been away for a few days and did not have internet access. In the past I have used the Dean Markley Artist pickup which is a piezo stick on model. It amplifies the sound of the dulcimer very well, but it also amplifies any pick noise or anything touching the body of the dulcimer. I never recorded with it, but used it for live performances. It is relatively inexpensive if you want to experiment with one. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ArtistTrans--dean-markley-3000-artist-transducer-acoustic-pickup?mrkgadid=1000000&mrkgcl=28&mrkgen=gdsa&mrkgbflag=0&mrkgcat=guitars&acctid=21700000001645388&dskeywordid=39700065013197193&lid=39700065013197193&ds_s_kwgid=58700005374436429&device=c&network=g&matchtype=b&adpos=largenumber&locationid=9006582&creative=537361853694&targetid=dsa-1385849832210&campaignid=6730319005&awsearchcpc=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwn8SLBhAyEiwAHNTJbcq8f67mbM9OWOlFj7nkWmbfCWH7KUaXkZ6pTmzaFuXJmwlRYDLOFxoCd5wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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