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I'm looking to build a hammered dulcimer and am currently searching for a good 12/11 plan.  I've found a couple, such as the instructions on the Smithsonian site, but they are all for instruments using 3 and 4 strings per course.  What are the pros/cons for using just 2 strings per course?

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Pro - Less time tuning and less space per course. Con - Perhaps less volume. I've built three hammered dulcimers (two 16/15 and one 15/14) and all of them have two strings per course. I feel I get plenty of volume from the two strings for each note. I'll look later to see if I have any 12/11 plans with 2 strings per course.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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The HD plans from Folkcraft for a 12/11, while showing places for three strings, can easily be modified for two strings per course. I still need to look through my files. That probably won't happen until next Monday or Tuesday.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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