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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 4:07pm on June 1, 2010, Benjimen Peck said…
Diane, thanks so much for inadvertently showing me this site! I love it. Also, I just came back from Chicago, what a great town.
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 2:08pm on March 28, 2010, jimfrancis said…
hi diane,
professor david invited me to demonstrate old time tunes with him for a couple lectures at kent state,he asked how many could identify my instrument?i think one person knew what it was,he introduced the dulcimer as one of americas original instruments,the banjo coming from africa.the fiddle from ireland.and old time music from applachia
At 11:43pm on March 27, 2010, jimfrancis said…
hi diane in chicago,very nice instruments you make,this is all new to me,i'm like a kid in the candy store.i live on washington and thirteenth street,and the library is one of my favorite haunts,especially when my computer was giving me fits.and chestnut hill is a very soothing place for reflections and direction,meditation,i love that area.oh yes, i must ask,do the cigar boxes come made of wood?i quit smoking in 94, and i just don't even look at tobacco anymore.those sure are interesting looking instruments.i go to an old time music jam in kent once a month,i would sure turn some heads if i strolled in with a cigar box dulcimer,i'll put that thought on the back burner,along with many other ideas i'm getting from here.if you do facebook,checkout northeast ohio old time music.
well,take care, and thank you very much for the inspitation
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!

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