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Re: [HD] Another ailing dulcimer ... :-)

To: Hammered Dulcimers <hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org>
Subject: Re: [HD] Another ailing dulcimer ... :-)
From: Dave Lovelace <davelovelace@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:52:25 -0400
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If it affected a bunch of strings at once, it's unlikely to be the strings themselves.  Bridge moved out of adjustment is indeed possible.  Cracked brace inside or separated glue joint, allowing the soundboard to implode in that area, is another possibility, & I'd be inclined to think that's it if I had to guess.

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Ted Yoder <91strings@gmail.com> wrote:

Do you think that your treble bridge got bumped and is touching the bass strings that run through it? Check and see if any of those "dead" note strings are touching any place on it's way to the end rails. 

Ted Yoder

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM, Heli L. Roosild <heliel@earthlink.net> wrote:

Today, when I went to tune my HD (in preparation for a local jam), a number of courses in the lower bass bridge didn’t sound right no matter what I did. There was a distinct buzz on some of the courses, while one course seemed “dead.”  But everything had sounded right yesterday, when I did a lot of playing.


I was able to get through the jam fine, so I had high hopes that the buzz was a temporary fluke.  But I never needed those low notes at the jam, and when I got home and checked them, they were worse, if anything, and some other notes on the bass bridge (further up) were buzzing as well. I have checked the outside of the HD, and can’t see any cracks or other obvious problems.


My dulcimer (dearly beloved!) is about 20 years old, built in West Virginia.  About 5 years ago, I brought it from Northern
Virginia out here to very dry New Mexico—and this past year the humidity (usually around 30%) has been even lower (in the teens).  I can’t help but think that this has something to do with it.


Can anyone tell me what’s happening?  Should I replace those bad-sounding strings? Or is this something more serious?

I really have no idea what to do to “fix” the problem—or even if it can be fixed. And I haven’t yet found any instrument builders here who might be able to help me.


I am so grateful for this wonderful resource of the HD List--I know one of you will have an answer for me!


Many thanks in advance.



(Ms.) Heli L. Roosild


Albuquerque NM


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