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Project by g1hopper posted 12-12-2011 05:25 PM 1465 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided to try my hands at a little music. I don’t play currently but been having a bit of fun trying to teach myself with some books I picked up.
This four string dulcimer is made with a walnut back and sound board. Cherry sides were added for a bit of contrast. The fretboard is walnut with rambutan position marks at 3, 5, 7, and 10. I also used rambutan for the nut and bridge. The peghead has been carved to resemble the neck and head of a dragon, also made of walnut with geared tuners. It includes the 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 frets.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE





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RickB

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 06:36 PM

It’s been years since I have played, but that is a slick looking instrument. Makes me want to dig mine out of the cabinet.

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 06:47 PM

Well, it certainly is a beautiful music instrument. Nice work.

helluvawreck

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-- 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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g1hopper

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 06:55 PM

Thanks
RickB, if you lived near me I may have been asking for you to teach me a bit about playing it.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 07:03 PM

Very nice work Steve ,really nice detail and great wood too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 07:06 PM

Insane! I love the grain selection on the front. Really amazing.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 08:16 PM

Nice work.

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 03:04 AM

Very high level of craftsmanship on this. Beautiful job…thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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g1hopper

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 05:35 PM

Thanks all

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 05:16 AM

Nice job on the Dulcimer. I also built a Dulcimer. Enjoyed building it more than learning how to play it.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 07:08 PM

That is a real sweet looking dulcimer.
Have you played it yet? Do you have a sound clip?
Thanks
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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g1hopper

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#11 posted 04-25-2013 01:46 AM

I have played it; if what I do others would call playing it :-). It plays well. I did find someone who knows about dulcimers and he told me simply “it looks like a dulcimer, it sounds like a dulcimer, it must be a dulcimer.” I figured that was his way of saying it was good. So with that said I have no sound clip. But thank you for reminding me I really need to learn to play it. By the way I made two of them.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 04-25-2013 04:01 AM

Thanks Steve,
glad your getting the practice. :)
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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