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Subject: Re: [HD] Another ailing dulcimer ... :-)
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Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:38:30 -0400
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Hello Heli

wishing you luck for finding a simple and non-destructive reason/fix for your beloved -

I have a 17-some year old from Griffin that suffers from now three BIG cracks in bottom, first one from years ago in  old dry Ontario winter which I glued close; second one along bottom of pin block roughly screwed back together; and third one wide open....   yet, still sounding fine - 
in the proceess I had to re-file a bit on the bridge-holes/tunnels because the soundboard had sunk a bit in places - 
maybe to check in yours, as a possibility, if an internal support-brace might have given in a bit and caused the soundboard to warp a little and cause the strings to touch the bridge-tunnel ??    in which case possibly minimally sanding away in that location might provide a fix ??? 
I am not a woodworker or builder, so not to take this as anywhere close to professional recommendation, though - 

best wishes

On 2013-04-09, at 11:21, "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 didnât sound right no matter what I did. There was a distinct buzz on some of the courses, while one course seemed âdead.â  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 canât 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 Mexicoâand this past year the humidity (usually around 30%) has been even lower (in the teens).  I canât help but think that this has something to do with it.


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

I really have no idea what to do to âfixâ the problemâor even if it can be fixed. And I havenât 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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