Jump to content

Strings breaking

Recommended Posts

Usually strings break because they are being tuned an octave higher than they should be. You may be tuning to the proper note, but in the wrong octave. In the USA the standard frequency for setting your tuner is A = 440 Hz. Trying hitting the note to which you are trying to tune an octave lower and see if you can tune your string to that note and then tune up from there. You might not be able to do this if the string gets too loose. Then just tune to one of the notes lower than the one you want to tuner to and then move up from there.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What make is your dulcimer and how many octaves?. Reason for string breakings is wrong tuning, old strings, poor quality tempered strings, wrong weight of string being tuned, warped soundboard responding to environmental changes, poor quality soundboard, warped bridges either lateral or longitudinal or trying to tune to another manufacturers tunings. There are several other reasons but less likely. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Where are the strings breaking?  If in the middle, I would blame poor quality strings or old / corroded strings, or wrong gauge as others have said

if at the bridge or one of the nuts or at the tuning peg, check that location for burrs or roughness that is cutting the string.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...