"Interest I have in abundance. Unfortunately, the same is not true of my finances. Actually, I heard Joellen play one of your dulcimers last summer at the Redwood Dulcimer Day. I have to confer with my banker and perhaps submit 2013 taxes…"
"The strings I used are GHS Ball End Classic Guitar Strings - Bronze, Black Trebles Set 2000
I used the FIRST string for the high Bb
The THIRD string for the F middle
The FOURTH string for the pair of low Bb.
GHS did not have any gauges on the…"
Thanks for all the info, Rick. I am looking for a well balanced sound, not too bassy with a fat treble, and with no loss of volume on the upper octave. From what you describe, the maple model may be too bassy for me because of the greater depth. What were the woods used in the baritone sound sample you sent? That seemed to have a good balance.
Also, what is your build time, and what is your price for a standard model?
So the scale length is the same for the baritone or standard, just different string
gauges. BTW, what is the scale on your dulcimers?
I was referring to the sound hole in the lower bout, but that is interesting about the upper bout. I noticed one of your dulcimers has an f-hole design in the lower bout rather than an open hole similar to guitar. That is the sound hole I meant.
Your dulcimers have a very nice sound. I especially like the sample of the baritone
setup. How does that differ from your standard setup? Would you say that a maple/spruce combination has a tad less bass than walnut/spruce or paduauk/spruce? I have found that is usually the case with guitars, all other things being equal. Also,
do you notice a tonal difference in your sound hole designs (open vs closed)?
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