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Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2017

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A friendly place to show off your dulcimer creations and discuss building and playing tips.

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I need a favor please.

Started by Bobby Fields. Last reply by Bobby Fields Dec 2, 2015. 2 Replies

I get confused real easy when it comes to fact and figures . I am making two stick type dulcimers.I am nearing the time when I need to fret the things. So I get on the computer ,go to this site and…Continue

Resonator Dulcimer

Started by Lex Luthier Jul 30, 2015. 0 Replies

Sorry for the fuzzy images!This was my first resonator cone stick dulcimer. The neck is poplar with a paduck fretboard. The pickup is a piezo rod underneath the bridge and the Vol / Tone pots are…Continue

Tags: stick, dulcimer, resonator

Scale Length verses Tuning Characteristics of Stick Dulcimers

Started by Rand Moore May 9, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi All,I am trying to get a "handle" on the scale length of a stick dulcimer verses the range of different 1-5-8 tunings that an instrument can handle without popping (breaking) a string, or having…Continue

Fretting a Dulci?? same as guitar with frets skipped?

Started by LJ. Last reply by Brian Lemin Mar 27, 2014. 17 Replies

I want to build a dulci. But have been using wfret for my layout. It has a nice printable template. Anyways can I use the same template and just skip certain frets? If so what frets are skipped? And…Continue

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Comment by steve "roots" howard on June 10, 2010 at 7:21pm
I seen them at festivals. They don't put out much sound. But they would be good to practice on
Comment by Diane in Chicago on June 10, 2010 at 6:29pm
Check out this little travel dulcimer - the carry case IS the box!

Comment by Julian Perry on May 24, 2010 at 10:38am
one more...

Comment by Julian Perry on May 24, 2010 at 10:37am
Oops would help if I attached the pic!!!!!

Comment by Julian Perry on May 24, 2010 at 10:35am
Ok mate here's my new strummer....as it was an experiment to see if I could build one, it's mostly made up of leftovers and cheap wood - plywood top and back, poplar neck and body and a scrap piece of mahogony for the fretboard. It's acoustic and sounds great, really loud - I admit I am very surprised! The scale is 25.5" tuned Gdg. Everyone loves the sound it makes and they all want a go :-)
Comment by Julian Perry on May 24, 2010 at 8:48am
Just finished my first splitstick strummer and I'm loving it! Great fun to play and really nice sound. No-one who hears it can believe such a big sound can come such a funny looking instrument!
Comment by Diane in Chicago on May 8, 2010 at 3:42pm
a clever bridge idea, so you can switch from four string to 3-string-dual-melody! Same for the nut!

Comment by Diane in Chicago on March 22, 2010 at 3:16pm
Randy, let's get some lil ol' drums and make these:

Comment by Roger Morin on March 20, 2010 at 5:55pm
I just got Lew Dites book in the mail today I think it's well worth the price to me anyway as I have no talent. All songs are writen to be played on one string making it easy for beginners. My hands are oler and can not stretch for some of the chords a strumstick so this is good for me.
Comment by Roger Morin on March 19, 2010 at 10:55pm
If anyone is interested Lew Dite just published a book for the strumstick he is selling them at cost check out this link.

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