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