Teardrop Dulcimer

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Project by poospleasures posted 07-29-2014 12:23 AM 1438 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest endeavor. Part success—part failure. My beautiful wife plays the dulcimer (sweet music) and I have for many years planned to make her one. I did just that. The fret board, neck and sides are walnut given to me by LJ recycle1943 and some saw mill cherry for the bottom and sound board. The build went fairly easy and came out looking great. Tight strong joints pleasing appearance and I guess fair sound. We could get it to sound ok to my untuned ears but not just right. Took it to the local music shop and he made it sound better but not perfect. This is not a project you get just right with the first one. It seems like there is about a hundred things which all have to interact with each other to get perfection. I am starting on #2 tomorrow. Wish me luck. If you are new to this PM me, and and we can discuss some of the things I learned with this build. Thanks for looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 12:55 AM

Don’t sell yourself short – anybody that would undertake such a task and come out on top is deserving all the credit available.
I cannot comment on sound quality but the regarding appearance – I see a first place blue ribbon coming from the judges.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 01:00 AM

Nice work Vernon. Good luck on number 2.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 01:18 AM

It may not sound like you’d like, but it sure is pretty! Practice makes perfect and I have no doubt you will succeed. Best wishes and good luck on number two.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 01:37 AM

WOW that is a beautiful instrument and I am sure the second one will even better sounding .
A blog on this sure would be nice so we all can learn from you and get the tricks and tips as you go along with the build .
Sitka spruce I understand is the old wood of choice for violins I wonder if that would be of help .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 02:03 AM

Good luck on #2! Nice work, You’ll perfect it.

-- LAS,

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 02:09 AM

What will you change to enhance the sound?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 02:58 AM

Fine looking instrument, Vernon!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 03:23 AM

Excellent build Vernon. The fret board looks great. I guess building one is the same as playing one. Practice makes perfect. Good luck.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 04:15 AM

I think it’s a beautiful job. You’ve definitely got the appearance down. I’m with everyone else who is curious about what you need to tweak to make one sound better. Best of luck!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 12:22 PM

Wow Vernon! That’s a beauty. I like music from instruments such as this. Been to many Ren Fayres over the years.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 04:40 PM

Very nice work Vernon, I am envious of your skill.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 04:49 PM

What a fine job you have done on this beautiful instrument.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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