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At 2:07am on October 6, 2012, Joellen Lapidus said…

Hi Diane,

     I either play a chromatic dulcimer as in the tune: Erev Shel Shoshanim, which you can hear on my klezmer band's website: or you can play stuff in aeolian or dorian or mixolydian tuning with some extra frets.  That's how I do it.  I also compose klezmer tunes on the dulcimer which makes klezmer conform to the limitations of the dulcimer.  Some tunes you need the chromatic!


At 4:32am on July 15, 2012, Michael McCombs said…
I like cigarette box dulcimers a lot better! They are smaller and carry a tune much better while fitting into a shirt pocket.
At 7:07am on July 10, 2011, Mal Chilvers said…

Thanks Diane

At 8:37pm on June 24, 2011, Michael McCombs said…
Interesting shape! Does this shape have a different tone than another shape, say a tear drop or an hourglass? At a glance, it appears that yours may have just a little more cubic inches in the body cavity? Yours looks about the norm as far as the depth goes. I guess I'm saying.... I like it, thanks.
At 2:57pm on June 2, 2011, Bill Lewis said…
Thank you for the Birthday wishes Diane.
At 2:32pm on December 4, 2010, Jimmy Lamar said…
Howdy Diane,
I'm in the beginning of a build, and I just can't grasp this "zero fret" thing. Is there any way you could email me a drawing that delineates this. I would appreciate it immensely. Thanks JL
At 7:22am on August 11, 2010, John Henry said…
Hi Diane. Who has been talking to you about my dancing ??? LOL

At 11:31pm on July 6, 2010, Dana R. McCall said…
That would be great Diane I would love to see how you put them together. Let me know the next time your through maybe we can meet up somewhere.
At 11:04pm on July 6, 2010, Dana R. McCall said…
Warren is a lot of fun to visit and talk to I haven't done much with DAA but am wanting to try it. I love your cigar box dulcimers you do a great job I was wanting to try and make on I have a lot of cigar boxes I've collected.
At 4:09pm on June 29, 2010, John Henry said…
Hi Diane, after a lot of searching thro' bits and bobs of info, and some experimenting on false fretboards, I went for some softish wire from a garden centre (called gardener's wire!!, or broom wire) I found that the absence of a strum hollow and my style of playing meant that I needed a higher action to the strings, and therefore higher frets, and I did'nt want too sophisticated a look to the finished instrument. Just my choice really.

good luck with your build

At 12:47pm on May 6, 2010, Blue Hand said…
Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you like the songs!
At 3:52pm on April 25, 2010, rimal nolan berry said…
I think it looks artistic, and i also like the bluesy sound of those cigar box guitars!
At 11:06am on April 25, 2010, rimal nolan berry said…
Cool cigar boxes!
At 7:25pm on December 28, 2009, Rob in the Bay Area said…
Diane in Chicago,

I'm playing the version of Cold Frosty Morning from Lois Hornbostel's "Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes" anthology. The tuning is DGD with a Capo at the 1st fret. It looks like it's in A minor.

Thanks for listening to my recording!

Rob in the Bay Area
At 12:09am on December 12, 2009, Randy S. Bretz said…
Diane, check out this vid, cool sounding instrument " like a fiddle " it`s from Finland. Kind of reminds me of a cigar box with a double neck. Check it out
At 12:07am on December 12, 2009, Randy S. Bretz said…
At 9:50am on December 6, 2009, Guy Babusek said…
Thank you Diane! I'm so happy it was helpful for you!
At 9:14am on December 4, 2009, Robin Clark said…
Hi Diane,

Thanks for the welcome - I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Snowdonia. the Conwy Valley is a great place to stay.
At 1:04am on November 15, 2009, Benjamin Esh said…
Diane, How are you? That toy used to be a micky mouse "keyboard". I bent it to have 3 different tone qualities, volume control and 1/4'' plug so it can be plugged into an amp. It's been awhile since I've worked on stuff like that. It's a fun hobby. By the way, I love those instruments on your picture link. Did you make all those?
At 5:02pm on November 8, 2009, Randy S. Bretz said…
Diane, the only "exotic wood that I used was mahogany" the rest of the woods are pieces I found around my area where I live. Their all domestic woods. Just not the common domestics used in building instruments. Except for the black walnut. The wood that really is the eye catcher is the persimmons, in all the years I`ve been working with wood, I have never seen any wood like that. It`s just awesome !! Going to have to look for some big pieces for making boards out of for a future instrument.

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