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  1. I'm glad you were able to return it and get some of your money back. Best wishes on your search for another HD. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  2. Charlie, are you looking for something to be built in to the instrument? If so, this one from Folkcraft works very well. https://www.folkcraft.com/collections/building-supplies-plans/pickups You need the one that fits your fret board width. There are several stick on pickups to chose from but all of them amplify ambient noise such as fingers touching the instrument, the pick hitting the fret board, and even the dulcimer sliding on your lap. A great alternative to a pickup is a microphone for recording. You can get an adequate microphone for less expense than some pickups. Whatever method you choose you will need some accessories depending upon how you plan to record. I have two dulcimers with built in pickups. When I record with them, I run them through a computer interface into my computer and use Garageband as my recording program. I do the same thing for recording with a condenser microphone for dulcimers that do not have a built in pickup. I use these methods when recording video as well. I think it gives the video better audio than just using the computer speaker. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  3. I wonder if Les' son ever got the business up and running again. Let us know what you find out. https://whitewater-dulcimer-co.business.site Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  4. The Ginger model is McSpadden's small body dulcimer. Originally they were set up to be played in the key of G, but modifications can be made to play in the key of D. This may just be a modification of the saddle and nut to account for the different gauge strings for the two tunings. I think that by 2004 all McSpadden dulcimers were made of solid wood. Considering that a new Ginger starts at $495 you received a great bargain. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  5. KWL

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    This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott Antes and the peg head from a Popular Woodworking article. Many years ago David Lynch gave me some poplar that had a green hue to it. I finally decided to take it off the shelf and build something with it. As you can see there is no strum hollow. I plan to put four equidistant strings on it and tune all four to "d". There is still a lot of work to be done; final sanding, dress all the frets, put on a finish (probably tung oil), install the open gear tuners, tune it up, and play it. I also have a Prichard under construction, but I'm on my second peg head and second top. At least the back and sides are in good shape on that one. I'm making maple pegs for the Prichard. I have them rough cut and need to taper the shafts. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  6. What you believe is correct. A typical 12/11 hammered dulcimer is tuned: bass bridge starting at the string at the bottom closest to the player is G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, Bflat, C and the treble bridge starting at the bottom is: (right side) C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G and on the left side G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D. Again start at the bottom of the bass bridge, markers are white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black and on the treble bridge from the bottom, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black, black, white, black. This is for a fifth interval tuning. I have no idea why your HD is set up that way. Are you able to loosen the strings and move the bridge caps? If you don't have enough black or white slips to cover all the spots you can always buy some new delrin rods. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. Kyu, what is your native language? Tabledit supports five languages according to the website: English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Also some computers have apps that allow you change the language of the program you are using. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  8. It sounds like you found a good solution for your problem. Keep at it. I'm sure you will be pleased with the final outcome.
  9. Hi Noisykids. Bridges for hammered dulcimers are difficult. I had the same problem with a set of my bridges and noticed that if I moved the slightly top to bo bottom it helped. Also, the bass bridge (right one) does not need to be in fixed position (side-to-side). I found that moving it one way or the other varied the height of the string going through the hole. I just tuned the strings over the bass bridge to the proper pitch once I had it the best place for strings going through the bridge. The treble bridge needs to be in fixed position because you are tuning both sides of the bridge. I hope this makes sense. If not, you can always email me at: klongfied six nine ( use the numbers not words) at gmail dot com and I'll try to answer any questions you have, Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  10. It could be the slots for the strings in either the nut or bridge or both. A way to check this to place your finger on the string on the peg head side of the nut and strum the string. If it doesn't buzz (reverb) that is where the problem is. You do the same with the bridge placing the finger on the endpin side of the nut. The buzzing is caused by the string slot being to large for the string. If that is the case there are a couple of ways to fix it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  11. Enjoy your new McSpadden when you receive it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  12. I also prefer 3 strings for much of the same reasons Admin gave. I have tried 4 equidistant strings, but don't care for that style of playing. While I play a lot of noter/drone style and finger dancing, I also play some chord/melody style and like 3 strings for both. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  13. I've been away without the internet for three weeks. What a pleasant surprise to return to your completed dulcimer and the sound files. Very nice. You did well. Thanks for sharing your work and music. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  14. Here you go: https://dulcimerdownloads.com/products/neal-walters-and-heidi-cerrigione-30-old-time-tunes https://www.folkcraft.com/products/favorite-american-songs-dulcimer-1302425 Both of these are $30.00. I couldn't find the website for the $25 one today. Sorry. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  15. Marvin, I have not been able to find Drunken Hiccups, but I did fine several versions of Jack of Diamonds or Jack o' Diamonds. Two of them were in books you can purchase. I did find this free tab: http://www.gulfweb.net/rlwalker/jamnfolk/book099/Jack%20Of%20Diamonds(Dulcimer).pdf It says it is in DAd tuning, but since it is played on the middle string (A), I think it would make more sense to play it in DAA. I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you want links to the books. One is $25 and the other is $30. The are Jack o' Diamond tab. As far as I can tell, Drunken Hiccups, Jack of (o') Diamonds, and Rye Whiskey basically are the same tune. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  16. I agree. You did a good job on this dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  17. Nice first dulcimer build. I agree with the comments Noterman made. I look forward to hearing the sound of the instrument when it is completed. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  18. Enjoy your new dulcimer.
  19. For about a year now a group of folks have been getting together Tuesday evenings on Zoom to play mountain dulcimer together. We invite you join us. We play noter or finger dancing style mostly in DAA but also in DAC, DAG, and DAd. The format is one person leads a song/tune while everyone else is muted and plays along. While Dave Holeton usually leads, others have led as well. You are welcome to join us. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. (EDT), 7:30 p.m. (CDT), 6:30 p.m. (MDT), and 5:30 p.m. PDT. A link for each week's meeting is available on The Traditional Mountain Dulcimore website. Here is a link to the thread where meetings are posted: https://thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com/board/47/ttad-zoom-group The meeting lasts for 40 minutes and we usually work on four songs. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  20. Just a heads up for those attending. Berea College is requiring that all participants be either fully vaccinated for Covid19 or have a negative Covid test 72 hours before checkin. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  21. Very nice work. Those are good looking dulcimers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.'
  22. When I play it, the thumb is on the first string, ring finger on the middle string, and my index finger on the bass. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  23. Here is a link to a news report on the Hindman Dulcimer Gathering: https://www.wymt.com/2021/04/10/2021-dulcimer-homecoming-held-at-hindman-settlement-school/ I wasn't able to attend the whole festival, but enjoyed the parts I was able to get to. I hope some of you will plan to attend next year; either online or in person. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  24. I thought some folks might enjoy reading this article: Article Ken, "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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