Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer


Box Dulcimers

A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of BOX dulcimers!
If you'd like to tell us about your box dulcimer, please start a 'NEW DISCUSSION' here all about your particular box dulcimer, rather than posting it on the Comment Wall.

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Latest Activity: Apr 15

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building baritone box dulcimer 3 Replies

I am thinking of trying to build a box dulcimer this spring.  I would love to have a baritone dulcimer but right now that just isn't in the budget. I need to do a box shape because I don't have the…Continue

Started by teri awbrey. Last reply by LESLIE LAND Jan 5.

Mini Box Dulcimer - a five hour project 11 Replies


Started by Peter W.. Last reply by Bob Davidson Aug 22, 2014.

Box dulcimer finished,but sound not good 18 Replies

just finished my box dulcimer, but sound is tinny. Cant get it to sound right. It has a suspended sound board (copyed from a museum piece) I put a piece in to get more contact with the soundboard,…Continue

Started by chuck queisser. Last reply by Dan Baker Jun 18, 2014.

Videos of FOTMD members playing box dulcimers 21 Replies

Hey everyone- embed your Youtube videos or links to your videos here in this thread, so we can have a central place to see everyone playing their box dulcimers!    :DContinue

Tags: videos, music, tennessee, dulcimer, box

Started by Strumelia. Last reply by Jack Ferguson Oct 8, 2013.

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Comment by razyn on April 15, 2015 at 4:52pm

Details about the McNairy Arts exhibit of early TMBs (opening in a couple of weeks) are now on their Facebook page.  Among other things there's a program, with Sandy Conatser, and a TMB jam.

Comment by Quinn Golden on April 7, 2015 at 6:49am
Thank you for that post, that is a good find. I'd like to see more photos of those Music Boxes and will monitor there sites.
Comment by John Henry on April 7, 2015 at 3:01am

The Facebook link works fine, well worth a look, thank you for sharing razyn !


Comment by Strumelia on April 6, 2015 at 10:31pm

Razyn, that is great info-  thanks for letting folks here know about it!

Comment by razyn on April 6, 2015 at 10:09pm

Unaccustomed as I am to posting here (recently), I heard about something that might be of interest to some in this group.  A county arts organization in SW Tennessee acquired a collection of seven nice old TMBs that had been the property of Ellis Truett, Jr.  They will be on display at the McNairy Co. arts center, known as "the Latta," in downtown Selmer, TN during May.  I'll paste in a link to the organization's online calendar.  After two events on May 2, the show will be up through the 31st.  At the moment the "map" link misdirects one to Latta, SC (which is the wrong Latta).

If this works, it links to a photo of the instruments on their Facebook page.

Comment by Ken Hulme on October 4, 2013 at 1:55pm

AS John Henry sez, it's the VSL and the notes to which you commonly tune (DAA, CGc, GDD, etc) that are THE factors that control what strings go on ANY dulcimer, TMB or otherwise.  Use the String Gauge Calculator at

Comment by John Henry on October 4, 2013 at 12:10pm

Hello Diane, depends on some variables, ie, what sound you are loking for, how you intend to play it , bowed, noted, or chorded, and above all, the instruments VSL (vibrating string length).

I have a coupole of vids posted here, using differing string setups.   For instance check out  'Ten Thousand Charms' ?       "27" VSL instrument being bowed, three strings, 0.022 loop end wound, 0.010 plain steel , and 0.012 plain steel, both loop ends.

best wishes


I am notoriously bad at computer skills (its me age you know) hence my failure to give you a 'link', but when in Video mode, type in 'TMB' and you will get a variety of information !

Comment by Diana Cash on October 4, 2013 at 11:33am

I'm trying find out what the strings are on the TMB.  Type, gauge etc. Thank you.

Comment by Greg Gunner on August 2, 2013 at 2:25pm

I have a used, but nice, TMB padded case for sale.  It was made by the Colorado Case Company, and the quality is comparable to that of the Bag Lady.  It was made specifically to fit a TMB I used to own.  Inside dimensions are 29 inches x 13 1/2 inches x 6 inches.  If you have been looking for a case to protect your instrument, this might be what you have been looking for.  Take a look in the classified section or contact me with questions.

Comment by John Tose on July 28, 2013 at 3:09am

Hi Leslie, the picture is of this thing we have in Wales - it's a mid winter tradition where a horses skull mounted on a pole and covered in a sheet is carried round from house to house. It's a kind of luck-visiting thing called the Mari Lwyd - Grey Mary in English.

My TMB's not quite finished yet - the box is complete, fret board hollowed out and attached. Just got to apply some sort of finish to it, do the tin-work and fit the staple frets. I'm going to do that last of all after I've fitted strings so I can establish the exact placement so it plays properly in tune allowing for string stretch.


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