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Hi, I am a dulcimer novice, but know my way around a guitar pretty well. I was recently given a mountain dulcimer that I want to start learning to play. I think it's Korean made circa 1970s. Pretty basic model. A problem occurred while replacing the strings. The loop-end goes around a nail, one of which was suddenly pulled loose and sent flying when I was trying to tune it up. After putting it back in the nail hole and trying again, the same thing happened. The nail hole looks wider now and the nail is loose. I am hoping to hear from someone who knows what to do to get this nail to stay anchored to hold both melody strings without doing any further damage. Thanks!
My hammered dulcimer strings have a ringing, "twangy" sound that persists after I strike the string; this is preventing me from playing. I thought this had something to do with a humidity level in the atmosphere that is too high. I had trouble last summer with an 80% humidity level in the house. I dropped it down to the 50's with the help of air conditioning and it solved the problem. This winter I have tried to keep the humidity level at between 35-40% and my strings are "twanging" again. Humidity too low? Someone suggested I raise the humidity level to 45% which I am trying to do. Level is at 42% today and still twanging. Any advice here Thanks.