lmcwilli Posted January 30 Share Posted January 30 (edited) I recently pulled off the shelf a Jean Richie style diatonic dulcimer my wife built 50 years ago (26.125" scale length). I soon discovered that in order to sing along with what I'm playing, I needed to alter my tuning from DAdd tuning to FCff. From a quick bit of searching, this tuning seemed to be at the upper end of acceptable for a standard set of D'Addario dulcimer strings (0.012, 0.012, 0.014, 0.022w). So, I tuned 'em up to FCff. No strings broke. The strings are noticeably higher tension but easily playable. For finger picking, I like the increase in volume. My question is: if I intend to stick with this tuning, should a really be using different gauge strings? I checked various online string gauge calculators and their "opinions" vary. Suggestions? Edited January 30 by lmcwilli Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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