Dulcimers Finished

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Project by poospleasures posted 08-14-2014 11:27 PM 1283 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of you know I have been working on two mountain dulcimers for a while and now they are finished. Both have been tweaked and messed with and they do play well now. This was a very rewarding build. Not so much at first when we did not think the #1 teardrop would ever tune. The #2 hour glass one was a pleasure all the way thru. Wifey has been playing it off and on for two days now and says the sound is very good. She has three dulcimers now and even I can hear the unique different sound in each of them. If this is of interest to anyone you can go to the blog section to read my learning experience. I guess the dulcimer is the easiest stringed instrument to make but let me say they are not a piece of cake. Thanks for looking and listening to me for the last time on this subject. Comments and PM’s always welcome.

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

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 12:02 AM

Great job of perserverence that has paid off very handsomely, not only in a project well done but a happy wife. Thanks for sharing and going to all the work of blogging your process.

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

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 12:11 AM

Those are just excellent, professional dulcimers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

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

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 01:18 AM

Those are a piece of art. I have a dulcimer near the top of my bucket list, and cant wait. Im sure I will be PM you to ask questions and advise if you dont mind. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 01:23 AM

they are beautiful works of art and sound. each wood has its own distinct sound variations. i had a dulcimer made by homer ledford in kentucky. wood was yellow poplar resurected from a slaves home. had to remove old tar to get to the wood. sound was beautiful. enjoy the music.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 03:55 AM

Nice work. I can appreciate what it takes to complete a project like this.

Glad they turned out!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 09:17 AM

your teasing us with your post Vernon!

So where is the video and accompanying sound track of your wife playing them?

Both are looking a million dollars!

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 03:18 PM

Wonderful work on these and though it may be the easiest string instrument to build I would think it would be a great introduction to the luthier work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 03:47 PM

Vernon, these sure are beautiful instruments. Congratulations.

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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#9 posted 08-15-2014 05:03 PM

That is just a pleasure to see the two together and the last one all stringed up .



-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 11:53 PM

Thanks everyone for you comments. I wish you well in all your projects. Just make them and show them to us.

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

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#11 posted 08-21-2014 11:35 AM

Fantastic builds Vernon. I’d sure like to hear them.

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

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#12 posted 08-28-2014 06:05 PM

nice pair of dulcimers!


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