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This can't be right, can it?

My first post, so I hope it's not rude to begin with a question, but... I got this on craigslist yesterday.  I know nothing about dulcimer…

Started by Salty Strings

23 Jul 11
Reply by Steven Berger

Siegrist Dulcimer question.

Started by Terry Roger Epling

5 Jul 2
Reply by Terry Roger Epling

Changing to Wooden Pegs?

Howdy  -  My dulcimer was originally made with wooden pegs in 1967, but unfortunately sometime between then and when I got it last fall som…

Started by Kitty L.

4 May 14
Reply by Jerry Holman

My New Dulcimer

Hello!  I found this dulcimer in a shop the other day and after playing it for awhile kind of fell in love with it.  It's been banged aroun…

Started by Jennifer Wren

18 Apr 2
Reply by John C. Knopf

Loop vs. ball end strings

This may have some discussion threads already and if so I apologize for not finding it. My question concerns using loop or ball end strings…

Started by Jean Van Erem

11 Mar 23
Reply by David Lynch

Should Dulcimer Strings be Changed?

I have had my first dulcimer for about eight months now. I still have the original strings (after breaking a few the first week). The strin…

Started by Dean Patrick Preising

8 Mar 14
Reply by James Phillips

Vintage McSpadden and Tuning

Hi All. I just picked up a vintage McSpadden. It's a 1988 M-12S (mahogany with a spruce top). It was made by George Looney. It's in great s…

Started by DulcimerDean

4 Mar 13
Reply by Ken Longfield

Cripple Creek Dulcimer problems

  Big mistake:  I let my heart rule my head when I saw a beautiful photo of a short Cripple Creek dulcimer and bought it without playing it…

Started by Siggie Stillman

30 Mar 6
Reply by Elise McGuinness Anderson


Hello, Does anyone know of a high quality tuner that shows the octive you are in? I already have a few nice ones, but they don't show the o…

Started by Terry Evans

11 Mar 2
Reply by Terry Evans

Sweetwoods Performance Model

Hello Folks, Does anyone have any first hand experience with the Sweetwoods Performance Model? I have always been a Folkcraft fan, but thou…

Started by Terry Evans

6 Mar 1
Reply by Terry Evans


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